This subject is so very important that i have started a new thread.
It affects almost everyone. Indeed, I have heard it said that if it does not in some way, then the performance may be lacking.
As a late starter in music, (I was fifteen and half years of age before I had my first music lesson), I have never quite overcome performance anxiety. As a result, I failed several diplomas, at some expense, getting them eventually, but with much difficulty.
Several professional players have told me that performance nerves never quite go away, despite years of experience. At one time it was the 'taboo' subject, but in recent years folk seem more willing to discuss it.
The dreadful experience suffered by our friend and reported on another thread on this Forum was awful in the extreme.
Could we discuss here, please, how performance nerves affect us and how we cope with it?