Masterclass with Joanna MacGregor

  • Joanna Macgregor
10 November, 2015

We are delighted to welcome Joanna MacGregor, one of the world's most innovative and creative pianists as our Visiting Musician for 2015-16!

Join the Masterclass, Thursday 26 November

Joanna will be holding a Masterclass on Thursday 26 November from 8.15pm at Oriel College. There will be spaces for both participants and an audience. The Masterclass is open not just to pianists, but also to those who may play another instrument but would like to be accompanied on the piano. The Masterclass is free to attend, and Oriel students are particularly encouraged to take part.

To reserve your place, please email and indicate whether you would like to be a participant or member of the audience. We look forward to seeing you there!

About Joanna

Joanna is currently Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and a Professor of the University of London. She also serves as Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival.  

As a solo artist Joanna has performed in over seventy countries and appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, with such eminent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas, and has premiered many landmark compositions ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. She also made three appearances at the 2012 BBC Proms.

As a recording artist Joanna is a veteran of over 30 solo recordings, ranging from Bach, Scarlatti, Ravel and Debussy, to jazz and John Cage. She founded her own record label, SoundCircus, in 1998 and has released many highly successful recordings, including the Mercury Prize-nominated Play and Neural Circuits, with Nitin Sawhney.


Joanna has received much critical acclaim for her performances, including:


Joanna MacGregor’s career is practically built on a reinvention of the star virtuoso tradition, applied to the often cerebral and style-oblivious world of contemporary music. But MacGregor’s verve, energy and astounding technique are always at the service of the music and never vice versa. Her ability to inhabit so many sound worlds with the same intensity and commitment is profoundly impressive – so why not flaunt it? - BBC Classical Review


It was the effusive spirit of British pianist Joanna MacGregor that stole the limelight. Her gregarious, jazzy style and rhythmic vitality speak volumes, bringing great passion and adventurous spirit to her music making. - The Australian, Sydney Opera House


With her combination of maverick mind, flamboyant style and conspicuous talent, MacGregor is unlikely to shake off constant media attention any time soon. -  Sydney Morning Herald


MacGregor has played a huge role in British music over the past years, helping to sweep away the rather dusty old concert pianist image, wheeling and dealing with the best in jazz as well as being one heck of a classical and contemporary music player, not to mention conducting and composing. - Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra