"the imaginative and rigorous writing of Joanna Lee, whose 'Chansons Innocentes', assured and confident
in the composition, would have flattered any composer, let alone a 26-year-old student . . .
one of the most successful [commissions] I have ever heard in 40 years of reviewing."
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post, February 02/2008
“pitched at an astonishing high level of technical finesse”
(Joanna Lee and 5 composers of Britten-Pears Young Composers concert), Ivan Hewitt, Telegraph, 06/2010
“sharply witty music by Joanna Lee.”
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph, 08/2010
“This year’s major discovery is young composer Joanna Lee, winner of the Stephen Oliver Award and hotly tipped by
Tête à Tête for great things”
Tête à Tête press release, 08/2010
Joanna's compositions have been shortlisted for a British Composer Award and Arts Foundation Opera Composition Award,
featured in Premieres of the Year
in Classical Music magazine and her first chamber opera received the Stephen
Joanna is BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence for 2012, for which she will write a new work for BCMG to be premiered
in Spring 2013 conducted by Oliver Knussen, who is Joanna's mentor for the year-long residency. Joanna is also composing a
full-scale chamber opera having been awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship, and a piece for EXAUDI commissioned by
Aldeburgh Music, to be premiered in September 2012.
Performances of Joanna's work include London Symphony Orchestra, BCMG, Psappha, CHROMA, Orchestra of the Swan, Elysian
Quartet, Jane Manning, Sarah Leonard, Loré Lixenberg, Omar Ebrahim, Joby Burgess and Robin Michael in the Aldeburgh
Festival, Tête á Tête Opera Festival, Park Lane Group Young Artists Series, BMIC Cutting Edge Series and Ultraschall
Festival in Berlin.
Joanna has studied on the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition Course, LSO Panufnik Scheme, Jerwood Opera Foundation
Course and is completing a PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire, tutored by Richard Causton and Edwin Roxburgh. She works as
composer assistant to Paul Englishby, which has included music for the Oscar-nominated film An Education
projects for the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC and Ronnie Scott's.