Joy Lisney

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

As a cellist, Joy has performed in the major European concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus as well as 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. 

Directing concerti from the cello led Joy into conducting and she founded the Seraphin Project orchestral while studying composition at Cambridge University. After conducting much of the string orchestra repertoire Joy expanded the orchestra for performances of large-scale works including Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and the first London performance of the Busoni Concerto for Piano, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in twenty years. In addition, she has regularly conducted her own compositions, which also include works written for artists such as the Arditti Quartet and Ensemble Recherche. Most recently, she has been selected as a 2021 City Music Foundation Artist.