About me

Hello and welcome. My name is Joy Lisney and I am a cellist, conductor and composer.

I have enjoyed collaborations with artists including Dame Emma Kirkby, Alexander Baillie, Howard Williams, the Allegri Quartet and the Wihan Quartet and also perform regularly in duo with my 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. In 2014, I completed my undergraduate studies at Cambridge University and embarked upon a Beethoven Grand Tour that encompassed Beethoven cycles 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.

I am a passionate advocate of new music and in 2013 I was chosen by Jan Vriend to perform his magnum opus for violoncello and piano, Anatomy of Passion, to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. In summer of 2014 I 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.

Many of my recent compositions are available for listening on Soundcloud and include the string quartet Apparitions, premiered by the Arditti Quartet in 2014.

I have currently studying Composition at King’s College Cambridge, where most of my spare time is spent pursuing my other primary interests: triathlon and cooking!


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2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Joy… we met at the Boas house in London last year balancing supper on our laps! I’ve just seen this… it looks good! How’s your running? I have hardly spent enough time training for triathlons this year but have two next year….

    You probably won’t remember me (you might remember me as an ex-choral scholar from St Johns) but I did want to say that I thought his looked really good – I will try to work out when you are playing next and come and say hello..

    Unitl then..


  2. Deze Joy Lisney,
    Yesterday we had an exiting evening in Enschede
    Thanks you and your father very very much for that.
    Adriaan Terpstra

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