Joanna MacGregor is recognized as one of the world’s most wide-ranging and innovative musicians, and has pursued a life connecting many genres of music defying categorizations. Appearing in over sixty countries, she has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras (including New York Philharmonic, London and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Netherlands Radio and Oslo Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra), eminent conductors (including Boulez, Davis and Rattle), and has premiered several landmark compositions. She has collaborated with many leading jazz and pop artists, from South African jazz to cutting-edge electronica, and has devised multimedia projects that have toured internationally.
Joanna MacGregor made her conducting début in 2002 and regularly directs her own orchestral projects. She has had a very close artistic partnership as conductor and performer with the Britten Sinfonia for the past ten years. The most recent project was the acclaimed Moondog/Art of Fugue tour – a radical re-working of Bach’s late great work, alongside the music of the famous 50’s New York street musician. In April 2007 Joanna MacGregor and the Britten Sinfonia tour South America together.
Her album ‘Play’, on her own record label SoundCircus, received a Mercury Prize nomination. Current releases include the Moondog / Bach project with Britten Sinfonia, ‘Sidewalk Dances’. Her teaching books ‘Piano World’ have been hailed as ‘worthy of the new millennium’. Joanna MacGregor is Artistic Director of the Bath International Music Festival.