Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and conductor. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of University of London, Joanna MacGregor was the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2014-2019, Artistic Director of the Bath International Music Festival 2006-2012, and curated the multi-arts Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House in 2010, as well as Aventures+, an orchestral series for Luxembourg Philharmonie, 2012-13. She runs an annual Summer Piano Festival at the Royal Academy, involving over a hundred young musicians playing core repertoire as well as collaborating with composers, actors, visual artists, writers and filmmakers.
As a solo pianist Joanna has performed in over eighty countries; her 2019-20 schedule takes her from Europe to China, Australia, New Zealand and America. She has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, with such eminent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas, and has premiered many landmark works, from Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. A regular broadcaster, she has made over twenty appearances at the BBC Proms, including the Last Night.
Known for her interpretations of Bach, Joanna was invited by John Eliot Gardner to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live. Her many recordings range from classical to jazz and John Cage, and collaborations include Talvin Singh, Brian Eno, Kathryn Tickell, Andy Sheppard and Adrian Brendel; she recently appeared on BBC2’s Civilisations series with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance. Joanna has been awarded several Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates including University of Cambridge, and has written a series of teaching books for young children, PianoWorld, for Faber Music. She chairs the Paul Hamlyn Composers Awards and was a 2019 Booker Prize judge. Joanna MacGregor was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.