"Lee's music shows that she is a considerable talent, capable of creating vivid musical images."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 03/2013
"the imaginative and rigorous writing of Joanna Lee, whose 'Chansons Innocentes', assured and confident in the composition, would have flattered any composer, let alone a student . . . one of the most successful [commissions] I have ever heard in 40 years of reviewing."
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post, February 02/2008
“pitched at an astonishing high level of technical finesse”
Hewitt, Telegraph, 06/2010
“sharply witty music by Joanna Lee.”
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph, 08/2010
Described by The Guardian as "a considerable talent", Joanna's compositions have been shortlisted for a British Composer Award and Arts Foundation Opera Composition Award, featured in Premieres of the Year in Classical Music magazine and her first chamber opera received the Stephen Oliver Award. She was the 2013 recipient of the John Clementi Collard Fellowship.
Current commissions include a piece for the BBC Proms for Hilary Summers and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with future projects for Opéra National de Paris and the Royal Swedish Opera. Recent commissions include a children’s opera for English National Opera directed by Katie Mitchell, BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer in Residence mentored by Oliver Knussen, and a residency at Aldeburgh composing a choral piece for Aldeburgh Music Club to celebrate 60 years since their founding by Benjamin Britten.
Performances include London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BCMG, Psappha, CHROMA, Orchestra of the Swan, EXAUDI, Elysian Quartet, Leigh Melrose, Loré Lixenberg, Jane Manning, Sarah Leonard and Omar Ebrahim, Joby Burgess and the Fidelio Trio in the Aldeburgh Festival, Park Lane Group Young Artists Series and Ultraschall Festival in Berlin.
Joanna has studied on the Britten-