Joy Lisney – Conductor

Joy Lisney

Joy Lisney is the founder and musical director of the Seraphin Project. In addition, she sustains an international career as a cellist and is studying for a PhD in Composition at King’s College, Cambridge.28277384_10156143208624889_2968591282041435187_n.jpg


Joy has enjoyed collaborations with artists including Dame Emma Kirkby, James Gilchrist, Alexander Baillie, Howard Williams, the Allegri and Endellion Quartets, London Sinfonietta and also performs in duo with her father James Lisney. Venues for duo recitals have included Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, St. George’s Bristol, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. Projects in 2019 have included appearing as conductor, cellist and composer at the Dante Festival, concerto performances by Prokofiev, Brahms and Elgar and performing her own arrangement of the Bach Chaconne at numerous venues including a sold-out recital at London’s Southbank Centre.NR 12-02-03 001

As a passionate advocate of new music Joy has commissioned two new works from the Dutch composer Jan Vriend, the first of which she recorded on her debut CD in 2012. In 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. In April 2017 Joy performed on the opening night of the Park Lane Group Recital Series at St. John’s Smith Square, giving a solo recital including two premieres, one of which was her own composition ScordaturA.

As a composer, Joy has won the Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Arthur Bliss Prizes and won the Cambridge University Music Society Composition Prize in 2016, which is open to current and alumni students. Joy is in the fourth year of her PhD in Composition at King’s College, Cambridge, supported by the AHRC, and is Honorary King’s College Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and she has since had music performed at the King’s Lynn and Dante Festivals, for the Park Lane Group Series and by artists including Ensemble Recherche.

For concert dates and other material, please see Joy’s website –