Doctorate studies in Music Psychology and Instrumental Music Education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Dr. phil.); Graduate of the Technical University of Berlin (MA in Musicology, Psychology and English Literature); undergraduate studies in Piano, Psychology and Literature studies (BA) at the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, Ohio, USA.
While active as a solo concert pianist, Adina was Chair of the Department of Keyboard Instruments at a state music school in Berlin with both artistic and pedagogical responsibilities for music teachers between 1987 and 2005. In 2001 she began giving workshops and lectures in an academic context. As a visiting lecturer, she has worked at universities and educational institutions in places such as Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, Graz, Bozen and St. Gallen. As an educator she has worked as a visiting professor (including MBA degree programmes), guest lecturer and workshop leader on subjects such as authenticity, self-reliance, and confidence; deliberate practice and the three stages of expertise; experts in stress situations; human factors and behaviour, causality models and error-prevention strategies; stage fright and anxiety in musicians – the four-component theory. In 2010 she joined the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany as full professor of instrumental and vocal music education; in 2016 she was elected director of the Institute IV there, and, in 2018, she was appointed academic dean. Her artistic career includes multi-media projects and concerts for international companies and organisations, TV and radio performances as well as recordings.
Adina focuses on issues of personal presence. Her topics include: coping strategies for dealing with stage fright and stress during public presentations, resilience and “grit” in handling both success and failure.