Joanna is one of the world's most celebrated pianists and has made more than 40 solo recordings
Professor of the University of London, Joanna is also known as an artistic director and curator at the Bath International Music Festival, Dartington Summer School & Festival and Deloitte Ignite festival at the Royal Opera House. She regularly sits as a jury member of international competitions and actively promotes the careers of young artists. She directs two annual piano festivals at the Academy, featuring more than 100 young artists.
As a solo pianist, Joanna has performed in more than 80 countries with many eminent conductors, such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas, and orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker and Camerata Salzburg. She plays regularly at Wigmore Hall, Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Lincoln Center, The Royal Concertgebouw and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She has performed many times at the BBC Proms, as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live.
Joanna has made more than 40 solo recordings. Her own label, SoundCircus, was established in 1998. It reflects her passion for the inner core of classical pianism – early keyboard music by William Byrd, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Bach’s works, Mozart's concertos, Beethoven’s 32 sonatas and the complete Chopin Mazurkas – as well as collaborations with major composers, contemporary artists, writers and filmmakers.
As a conductor, Joanna has directed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Hallé and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; toured extensively with Britten Sinfonia; and curated Aventures+ for Luxembourg Philharmonie. She has recently been appointed Music Director of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and will direct them towards their upcoming centenary in symphonic concerts, chamber music series and educational work.
Joanna is Chair of the Paul Hamlyn Composers Awards and was a Booker Prize Judge in 2019. She is the recipient of several Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates, including an Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University. She makes regular appearances on television and radio, was the subject of a South Bank Show and her ongoing series of music books, PianoWorld, has been hailed as ‘worthy of the new millennium’.
Joanna was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.