"… playing with an aplomb and rapport, a definition and vitality, an insight and ardour that many cellists better known and more experienced would do well to honour."
Joy is delighted to have been awarded the post of Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Music Society for the 2016-17 season. …
Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young string players to emerge in recent years. Her early promise was highlighted by Carlton Television when they chose her, at the age of six, as a possible high achiever of the twenty first century.
She has since fulfilled expectations with a distinguished international career, launched by a debut series of two concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2012.
She has enjoyed collaborations with artists including Dame Emma Kirkby, Alexander Baillie, Howard Williams, Robert Max and the Wihan Quartet and also performs regularly in duo with her father James Lisney. Venues for duo recitals have included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Queen's Hall Edinburgh, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and St. John's Smith Square. Her most recent project was the highly acclaimed Beethoven Grand Tour that encompassed Beethoven cycles with her father James Lisney at major venues across Europe including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Edinburgh Queen's Hall, St George's Bristol and a sold-out performance at the Southbank Centre.
As a passionate advocate of new music Joy has commissioned two new works from the Dutch composer Jan Vriend, the first of which she recorded on her debut CD in 2012. In 2014 she performed as a London Sinfonietta Emerging Artist at the BBC Proms in a concert broadcast on Radio 3 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies. In 2017 Joy has been selected to open the Park Lane Group Recital Series at St. John’s Smith Square, for which she will perform a solo recital including two premieres, one of which will be her own composition specially commissioned for the occasion.
Joy is also attracting attention as a composer. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and she won the Ralph Vaughan Williams Prize in 2014. This year, she won the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize for her M.Phil at Cambridge and she will be completing her PhD at King’s College, Cambridge. She is supported by the AHRC and will be an Honorary King’s College Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar for the duration. She will also be Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Music Society for 2016-17.
Recent works include her string quartet Apparitions, premiered by the Arditti Quartet in 2014, a piano trio commissioned by the Kings Lynn Festival and Sea Interlude, composed for the Orford Lighthouse Festival.
Joy plays on a Seraphin violoncello on loan from Beare Violins and is supported by the Hattori Foundation.
Bach - Chaconne in D minor (arr. Joy Lisney)
Beethoven - Sonata in A, op. 69
Lisney - ScordaturA
Brahms - Sonata in D, op. 78
Cambridge University New Music Concert
Judith Weir - Three Chorales for cello and piano
Joy conducts the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra
Arensky - Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
Schumann - Cello Concerto (Soloist - Laura Van der Heijden)
Strauss - Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
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