Josephine is one of the UK’s leading soloists and has a active concert career as a soloist and chamber musician.
Passionate about teaching and much in demand, Josephine is a professor of cello at the Royal Academy of Music and is invited worldwide to give masterclasses.
She has performed as a concerto soloist with many orchestras in the UK and abroad, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the English Sinfonia, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Noord Nederlands Orkest. She has recorded for EMI Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Blackbox/ASV and Carlton Classics. Her recording of John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil received public and critical acclaim and reached the Top Ten in the Classical Music Charts. Following the success in February 2008 of the world premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem, where Sir John specifically requested Josephine to be the soloist,
Josephine released a solo disc for EMI Classics recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In 2009 Josephine made her concerto debut in Holland giving the world premiere of Michael Nyman’s Cello Concerto.
She has collaborated as a soloist and chamber musician with many leading international performers including Daniel Hope, whom she has performed with extensively over many years, Maxim Vengerov, Lisa Batiashvili, Yuzuko Horigone, Lawrence Power, Wu Han, Melvyn Tan, the Emerson Quartet and Michael Tree from the legendary Guarneri Quartet.
Josephine is a member of the Pizarro Trio with Artur Pizarro and Raphael Oleg. Formed in 2005, the trio has performed at prestigious venues around the world. She has also appeared independently at many major international festivals throughout the world including Savannah, Salzburg, Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg, Beethoven, Schloselmau and Kempten.
She studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School in the USA with Aldo Parisot and at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, where she won all the major cello prizes. She now holds the DipRAM and in 2009 she became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
‘The demands of sheer stamina required for Josephine Knight’s recital were positively gladiatorial, they certainly enabled her to prove her credentials as a technically formidable cellist’ (The Strad, May 2007 - Wigmore Hall)