"Lee's music shows that she is a considerable talent, capable of creating vivid musical images."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 03/2013
"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 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”
Hewitt, Telegraph, 06/2010
“sharply witty music by Joanna Lee.”
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph, 08/2010
Described by The Guardian as "a considerable talent"
, 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 Oliver Award. She is the 2013 recipient of the John Collard Clementi Fellowship.
Joanna is currently working on a new commission for English National Opera. She was BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer in
Residence for 2012/2013, mentored by Oliver Knussen. Recent projects include a commission for EXAUDI, a Jerwood Opera
Fellowship and a residency at Aldeburgh composing a choral piece for Aldeburgh Music Club to celebrate 60 years since
their founding by Benjamin Britten.
Performances include London Symphony Orchestra, BCMG, Psappha, CHROMA, Orchestra of the Swan, EXAUDI, Elysian
Quartet, Leigh Melrose, Loré Lixenberg, Jane Manning, Sarah Leonard and Omar Ebrahim, Joby Burgess and the Fidelio Trio
in the Aldeburgh Festival, Park Lane Group Young Artists Series and Ultraschall Festival in Berlin.
Joanna has studied on the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition Course, LSO Panufnik Scheme and Jerwood Opera Foundation
Course. She is completing a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire and was awarded Honorary Membership by the
Conservatoire in 2013 for significant contribution to her field of profession.