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Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young string players to emerge in recent years. At the Shed Joy will perform a new composition of her own as well as Symphonic Dances, which she commissioned from composer Jan Vriend, who now lives in Tetbury, and pieces by Bach and Walton.

Here is Joy performing the Rachmaninoff cello sonata Op. 19 accompanied by James Lisney, who will give a solo piano recital at the Shed on 24 June.

Joy plays

Bach – Suite in D

Joy Lisney – New Piece

Walton – Passacaglia 

Vriend – Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, Op. 19 – Joy Lisney & James Lisney

Joy’s 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 already been selected to open the Park Lane Group Recital Series at St. John’s Smith Square, for which she performed a solo recital including two premieres, one of which was 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.


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