James Lisney and Joy Lisney

Joy Lisney, at 21, is one of the most exciting British string players. Featured at the age of six on Carlton Television as a possible high achiever of the 21st century, she has fulfilled this promise with a London debut at St John’s, Smith Square, tours to the Netherlands and Belgium and a recording at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Her exacting and fearless approach to contemporary repertoire promises to take the instrument to new levels and she has a special relationship with the Dutch composer Jan Vriend; he wrote JOY after hearing her perform the Chopin Sonata in 2011 (the work was premiered in 2012 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in recital with Dame Emma Kirkby). Joy is currently studying music at Clare College, Cambridge. James Lisney is well known to London audiences through his Schubert series at the South Bank Centre and he sustains a distinguished international career that has ranged in recent seasons from the Berlin Philharmonie to New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. This year he is preparing for his first extensive tour of the Univted States in include a debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. In recent years he has given a series of concerts closer to home at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton on Thames. The Riverhouse Barn is a wonderfully atmospheric intimate venue, just outside Richmond borough - well worth the short trip to enjoy the many fine events that it presents.
The Duo of daughter and father has exciting plans for 2013/2014 that include a Beethoven and Vriend cycle at St George’s, Bristol plus invitations to Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and South Africa. This evening’s concert marks the London launch of James Lisney`s recorded Schubertreise project for Woodhouse Editions, the second volume of which includes Joy Lisney`s recording debut.

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