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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



Joy Lisney is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at King's College Cambridge while also sustaining an active performing career as a cellist.

Joy has performed as soloist in many significant halls such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London's Southbank Centre and King's Place and worked with artists including the Wihan Quartet, Alexander Baillie and Dame Emma Kirkby. Alongside her PhD composition, Joy's plans for 2017 include a recital tour to venues including West Road, Cambridge; the Holywell Music Rooms, Oxford; St. George's Bristol; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Joy is also a passionate advocate of other contemporary music and has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works in the UK and abroad.

As a composer, Joy has received awards from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the Arthur Bliss Foundation and for 2016-17 she is resident composer for Cambridge University Music Society. In 2015 her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and in April 2017 she will premier her own work for solo cello at St John's Smith Square in London, for the Park Lane Group concert series.

In her spare time, Joy is a competitive triathlete and has also represented the university in Athletics and Cycling.

Department: Music
Supervisor: Richard Causton
College: King's
AHRC Subject Area: Music
Title of Thesis: The Contemporary Cellist

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