One of the first spanish orchestra conductors who works the neuroscience,
psychology of the mind and mental capacity applied to the Arts Fine.
PSYCHOLOGY ON PODIUM
Vicent Pelechano research works at Universities (extracts)
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN CONDUCTOR
source: Psychology and Mental capacity at Orchestra conductor (Vicent Pelechano research work)
Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) is one of the most important aspects to take if a conductor wants to influence an orchestra and the audience, so we will analyze in detail the most outstanding components that make it up.
This is the first phase of the E.I. where people must know himself, being aware of his strengths and weaknesses, his needs, his emotions, his goals and above all know the reason of all of them. We must become aware of our body and be able to describe it mentally, as well as the sensations that we live in each moment. If we do this work, over time, we can get to control physical manifestations our body such as sweating, difficulty breathing, tension or fatigue.
The human being is afraid of external manifestations unknown or irrational, but if we begin to analyze and understand them, will no longer have the influence they provoked in us.
Inner thought is fundamental for a person and certainly for an orchestra conductor - being able to get better personal states such as naturalness, security, confidence.
The conductor, in order to control the nerves before a debut or performance, must first be aware of the agent or agents that trigger it and then what is the process by which we arrive at that state. Only in this moment, we would be in position to approach the second phase of E I.: Self-management our feelings and feelings.
It is at this stage of the I.E. where people establishes an inner dialogue through which we can control and orient our feelings. If we work well the Self-management, we can create a quiet and trustworthy environment, which will make us more competitive.
The conductor must achieve a high degree of self-management not to be carried away by feelings, so they can change the thought, and our performance of the symphony or work.
How much time have we seen a great conductor leads a tutti orchestral with a relatively small gesture? One of the answers is if we have the control of the external situation generated by the orchestra and in personal self-management. What are they doing at the moment? Be conscious and Check inner impulses!
We cannot choose our emotions, cannot be turn off it or avoided it, but we can work and control them.
The source of motivation and if you reach it, that’s happiness. This mental association moves us to achieve these goals.
The motivations of the conductors are very varied, but most of us: We love our job!! to enjoy when we are in front at orchestra, wasting an insatiable attitude to be better, self-motivated to raise our performance, to keeping a hopeful philosophy even when the results do not go along.
All these are obvious marks of our motivation, and the most important that, we make participants the players and the audience.
It isn’t the most important area of the E.I, but it is an important component because the conductors are always in contact with players of different cultures, religions, traditions. In many cases, it will be a question of listening to the player, not as a player, as a person.
When we develop empathy we try to make the emotions of others by connecting in a special way.
In the last stage of the E. I. we try to express a sympathy with the group (orchestra) with a very definite target: to leading the people in the sense that we intend.
The professional and personal success will be determined, in infinity occasions, by the way in which we work our social relations. Several studies carried out in this sense have achieved follow conclusions:
On 85% of the occasions a leader triumph or fail
depending on the ability to people
The positive attitude is very important in this capacity, not only because it can be transmitted in front of a group, this people profile - leader, chief - enjoys popularity. A positive attitude means good popularity.
The conductor must know and establish these sentences, so the conductor is a masses agitator and must to influence the orchestra of his personality, being the social relationship the most effective way, always detecting when to make a comment more sentimental or rational.
Of the elements discussed in the E. I., we could say that the social relationship is the most important, because a leader must relate perfectly to society: Leaders do not live detached of the world.
With everything explained so far, we can already create a profile our personality.
When we speak of great conductor, most of the time the difference does not occur with the conducting technique to using, the true reason is the I.E. Why conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber with different conduncting skills and techniques, have achieved such similar results?