How does stage fright affect musicians?

Some of the world’s greatest musicians have been beset by stage fright.

In the classical world, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vladimir Horowitz and Pablo Casals were plagued by it for sure. Frederic Chopin stopped playing live at the age of 26, after only 30 public performances. Friends believe stage fright is the reason the great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould retreated to the recording studio rather than continue on the concert circuit.

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