Joy Lisney


Joy Lisney is a multi-faceted musician, combining composition with a performing career as cellist and conductor

Her early promise was highlighted on national television when she was chosen, 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 concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw aged eighteen. Joy has performed in the major British and European concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall and Leipzig Gewandhaus, including three consecutive sold-out recitals at London’s Southbank Centre. Her programmes range from her own arrangement of the Bach Chaconne, through the core repertoire to contemporary concertos and world premieres by composers including Mark Anthony Turnage, Cecilia Macdowall, Jan Vriend and Judith Weir, as well as her own compositions.  

Alongside her solo engagements Joy performs regularly in a chamber music setting and has worked with artists including the Allegri, Dante and Endellion Quartets, Michael Whight, James Gilchrist and Dame Emma Kirkby. As a soloist she has worked with conductors including Howard Williams and Sir Stephen Cleobury as well as directing concerti from the cello. 

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. She has performed live on radio with the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms and opened the Park Lane Group Recital Series with a solo performance featuring two world premieres, one of which was her own composition ScordaturA. Joy has also given world premieres of works by Judith Weir and Cecilia McDowall. 

Joy has won the Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Arthur Bliss Prizes for composition and she was also Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Music Society while studying for her PhD in Composition. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and she has since had music performed at the King’s Lynn, Dante and Aldeburgh Festivals and at major venues across the UK and Europe. 

Joy has also explored a wide variety of repertoire as a conductor, from world premieres for string orchestra to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and in 2019, gave the first London performance the Busoni Concerto for Piano, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in twenty years.  

Joy is also the founder and artistic director of the Seraphin Project, an ensemble which gives young musicians the opportunity to perform alongside top professionals in concerts ranging from chamber music to symphony orchestra.  


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


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