Joanne’s versatility has seen her perform in numerous venues around Europe and Asia as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral/continuo player. She has been invited to perform at prestigious functions including those at the President’s Palace in Malta, at the German Ambassador’s Residency and the American Ambassador’s Residency, as well as other concerts organised under the auspices of the Ambassadors for Ireland, UK, Poland, Tunisia and China. An avid chamber musician, Joanne has also worked with many professional partners in various ensembles. As member of the Camilleri Trio, she toured Sweden and UK and recorded a score for a silent film by Yasujirô Ozu which was released on DVD by the British Film Institute. She is also member of the Goldberg Ensemble Malta and the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble, both of which specialize in Baroque performance.
A musician with a wide-ranging repertoire, Joanne has premièred works by contemporary composers, is a recurrent performer in the Valletta International Baroque Festival, and has performed concertos by Grieg, Saint-Saens and Chopin with British Orchestras and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. As a recording artist she has released two CDs: In Bach’s Footsteps and J S Bach Goldberg Variations.
Joanne is recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Clifton Helliwel Memorial Award, the Peter Frankl Prize for Piano, Ruth Hewitt Scholarship, a two-year Scholarship from the Janatha Stubbs Trust, and the prestigious four-year International ABRSM Scholarship. Competition successes include 1st prize winner of The Maltese Youth Music contest, twice 1st prize winner of the EPTA (Malta) Piano Competition, 1st prize winner of the Bice Mizzi-Vassallo Music Competition, and Concerto Award (RNCM). In 2005, Joanne was presented by the Maltese Council for Culture and the Arts as one of Malta’s highly gifted artists to the European Cultural Foundation Europamusicale Board of Trustees in Munich.
Tutored locally by Vincent Borg and Ingrid Calleja, Joanne furthered her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. There, as a student of Carole Presland and Alexander Melnikov, she obtained a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and a Masters in Performance all with Distinction. She was also successful in being selected as one of the College’s most outstanding students to give a recital to influential people in the music business during Gold Medals Weekend. Joanne was recently the first pianist to be awarded a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Malta, where she was mentored by Michael Laus.
Joanne’s playing has been described as: “strength tempered with the utmost tenderness and sensitivity, an assuredly delicate but firm touch and a passion which never runs wild. She is endowed with a technique which remains formidable yet never one at the cost of clarity and articulation or even one indulged in for mere show, but one always at the service of the music” (Times of Malta).