The wealth – and influence – of the Russian cello tradition, explored by an exciting rising star and her distinguished father. Stravinsky's Pulcinella inspired showpiece Suite Italienne and Rachmaninoff's ravishingly lyrical sonata, frame salon pieces by Tchaikovsky and Britten's mystical solo suite, written for Rostropovich and drawing upon Russian folk song and the Kontakion.
Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young string players to emerge in recent years. Her 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 fulfilled expectations with a distinguished international career that took her from successful debuts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2012 to last year's highly acclaimed Beethoven Grand Tour that encompassed Beethoven cycles with her father James Lisney at major venues across Europe that included the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Edinburgh Queen's Hall, St George's Bristol and a sold-out performance at the Southbank Centre.
She has since enjoyed collaborations with artists including Dame Emma Kirkby, Alexander Baillie, Howard Williams and the Wihan Quartet. She is a passionate advocate of new music and in 2013 she 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 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.
As a composer, Joy is the 2014-15 recipient of the Ralph Vaughan-Williams Scholarship and the Newton CHESS Award. In November 2014 the Arditti Quartet gave the premiere of her string quartet Apparitions and she is currently working on a commission for the Kings Lynn Festival to be performed in July 2015.
Joy plays on a Seraphin violoncello on loan from Beare Violins Ltd.
'...playing with an aplomb and rapport, a definition and vitality, an insight and ardour that many cellists better known and more experienced would do well to honour. Her sensitive musicianship was manifest. Her lyricism was uplifting and haunting. Her abrasive vitality in Suite Italienne was sensational.' Classical Source, 2010
James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life. His musical integrity and pianistic command fuel a career that takes him seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist – to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise Series at the Southbank Centre, his extensiveBeethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies. Recent seasons have seen him host residencies at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and New York Carnegie Hall and next season he will be marking the thirtieth anniversary of his London debut with a Europe wide series of Chopin recitals.
'I have nothing but praise for James Lisney's piano playing; he combines velvet touch and wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul.' The Telegraph
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