Appearing as a concert pianist in over eighty countries, Joanna has worked with many eminent conductors — Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Michael Tilson Thomas amongst them. She has performed with London and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Chicago, Melbourne and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Berlin Symphony and Salzburg Camerata, amongst many others. She has premiered many landmark compositions, ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. She performs regularly at major venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Joanna has made over thirty solo recordings, covering Bach, Scarlatti, Ravel, Debussy, jazz, contemporary music and more. Her own record label SoundCircus was founded in 1998 and has released many highly successful recordings of solo and concerto repertoire, including the Mercury Prize-nominated Play, the complete Chopin Mazurkas, Live in Buenos Aires, Bach’s Goldberg Variations (recorded at the Mozarteum in Salzburg), concertos by Britten, Gershwin, Schnittke and Bach and a four-CD Messiaen set.
In Summer 2012 she performed at two BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and made her debut at Lincoln Center‘s ‘Mostly Mozart‘ Festival. Known for her Bach interpretations, she was invited by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2013.
Joanna was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV, and her performances are regularly broadcast on both television and radio world-wide. Her books include PianoWorld for Faber Music.
She was appointed Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School in 2014. She was Artistic Director of Bath International Music Festival until 2012, and she curated the 2010 multi-arts Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
She has received many Honorary awards, including Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge in June 2016. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours in 2012, and was appointed as a Professor of the University of London at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013.