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.

Joy 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 opened the Park Lane Group Recital Series at St. John’s Smith Square, performing a solo recital including two premieres, one of which her own composition. Future performances of this work are set for venues across the UK and Europe, including St-Martin-in-the-Fields and the Wigmore Hall.

Joy's 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 is also the founder and conductor of the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra which combines the top players at Cambridge University with young professionals.

Joy plays on a Seraphin violoncello on loan from Beare Violins and is supported by the Hattori Foundation.


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