Episode 23

Thriving Under Pressure and Becoming a Bulletproof Performer

With Noa Kageyama
Episode 23

Thriving Under Pressure and Becoming a Bulletproof Performer

With Noa Kageyama

Bulletproof Musician. Professional Violinist. Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology. Performance Coach for Olympians. Professor.

Noa Kageyama, an eminent performance psychologist and coach, widely known as the 'Bulletproof Musician.' He started playing the violin when he was just 2 years old, spending the next 20 years training for a professional career as a violinist — playing with acclaimed musicians all over the world — while battling performance anxiety. In his second year of college at The Juilliard School in New York City, Noa discovered Sport Psychology and learnt a great deal about the discipline which then led him to quit playing music professionally and pursue a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.


  • Desire to immerse myself"—this is so powerful. It is so much observed in best professionals, best musicians, even in best relationships too. Anuradha Khanna
  • A brilliant talk, extremely enlightening and enjoyable. Thank you so much Noa and Hitendra. Chris Grune
  • Fantastic. How to build fundamentals for life: personal + professional + family’s. Thanks for the substantial talk. Joe Antony


Today, Noa specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sports psychology principles to more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure. Noa has taught at premier institutions such as the New England Conservatory, U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, National Orchestral Institute, and more. His work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Musical America, Strings Magazine, Strad, and Lifehacker. and writes for his popular Bulletproof Musician blog that has over 100,000 monthly subscribers. 

In this episode of Intersections, we are joined by Nao to explore why some people thrive under pressure while others choke. Get an inside look at the high-stakes world of music and performance art — and learn what it takes to stay calm under pressure, deliver your best, and become a Bulletproof Performer.

“The idea is to practise making that switch from practise mode where you’re self-monitoring and critiquing to performance mode where you’re focusing on things that you know are going to be most helpful to you.”
Nao Kageyama

The episode “Thriving Under Pressure and Becoming a Bulletproof Performer” offers key insights on:

  • How to manifest power of embracing change, finding role models, and having the courage to explore
  • What differentiates elite performers and realizing your full potential
  • How to get the best out of your crafts by imbibing mindsets for practicing and performing effectively

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