Joy Lisney
Joy Lisney - cellist

"… 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."
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Cambridge University Composer in Residence

 Joy is delighted to have been awarded the post of Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Music Society for the 2016-17 season. …
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Joy Lisney

Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young musicians to emerge in recent years. Her early promise as a cellist 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.

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 April 2017 Joy performed on the opening night of the Park Lane Group Recital Series at St. John’s Smith Square, giving a solo recital including two premieres, one of which was her own composition ScordaturA. Joy has also given world premieres of works by Judith Weir and Cecilia McDowall.

As a composer, Joy has won the Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Arthur Bliss Prizes and she was also Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Music Society for 2016-17. Joy is in the second year of her PhD in Composition at King’s College, Cambridge, supported by the AHRC, and is Honorary King’s College Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and she has since had music performed at the King’s Lynn and Aldeburgh Festivals and the Park Lane Group Series.

Joy is also the founder and conductor of the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra which combines the best players of Cambridge University with young professionals from the South of England. Their next concert will take place at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street on 4th February: please see www.seraphinchamberorchestra.com for details.

Highlights for 2018/19 include conducting performances of Mahler's ninth symphony and the Busoni Piano Concerto, solo recitals featuring her own compositions at the Southbank Centre and St. George's Bristol and several performances of the Brahms Double with her sister Emma. Her most recent composition 'The Summoner will be performed at the Living Notes Festival in February and Ensemble Recherche will premiere 'Spiralen' in the same month.

Joy plays on a Seraphin violoncello generously lent by Beare Violins.


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