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Joanna MacGregor announced as new Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:06 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:06 26 March 2014

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor

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The Dartington Hall Trust is delighted to announce Joanna MacGregor as the new Artistic Director of the renowned Dartington International Summer School from 2015

Recognised internationally as a fine concert pianist, inspirational conductor and innovative festival curator, Joanna is currently Head of Piano at The Royal Academy of Music and a Professor of London University. She brings a breadth of experience in music, festivals and learning and, as a regular teacher at the Summer School, knows Dartington well.

Joanna has been recruited to help build on the successes of the Summer School, develop new approaches with other arts activities at Dartington and restore the four week format.

Currently in its 61st year, the Summer School is where amateur musicians and professional performers from around the world rub shoulders in a celebration of music, friendship and learning. It is where beginners and experts mingle to share experiences, swap stories, form networks and create performances. The Summer School brings together a range of different instruments, styles and eras in a relaxed, fun environment.

Joanna’s first summer school will be in 2015. The Summer School’s 2014 Artistic Director, Oboist and Conductor Nicholas Daniel, says of Joanna’s appointment:

‘I am delighted to learn that Joanna will be taking over from me when my year at the Summer School is completed. I have known her for many years and know that she understands the School’s unique blend of professional and amateur, how it helps people to revitalise, educate and learn, and how it can form unique creative partnerships. All of these things help make the Summer School what it is.’

Nicholas has developed an exceptional three week programme for 2014 which should delight participants and the team at Dartington are hugely appreciative of the work he has done.

Bill Gee, Artistic Director at The Dartington Hall Trust said:

‘We are very much looking forward to welcoming Joanna to the Summer School. Joanna will be known to many summer school regulars for her energy and talent. She brings with her a passion for music and a wealth of experience and will be a huge asset to Dartington and to the Summer School in particular.’

Joanna MacGregor said:

‘Having been involved with Summer School for many years I am delighted to take on this exciting role and to have the opportunity to shape the future of this wonderful celebration of music and creativity.’

Booking is open for this year’s Summer School (26 July – 15 August 2014)

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Joanna MacGregor OBE Biography

Joanna MacGregor is thought of as one of the world’s most innovative and creative pianists. Artistic Director of Bath International Music Festival (2006 – 2012), she was also the curator of the 2010 multi-arts Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in September 2011 became Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music.

Joanna read music at Cambridge University and continued her postgraduate studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Hodgson Piano Fellowship.

Appearing as a concert pianist in over 70 countries, she has worked with many eminent conductors — Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Michael Tilson Thomas amongst them — and orchestras – London and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Chicago, Melbourne and Oslo Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony and Salzburg Camerata, amongst many others - and has premiered many landmark compositions, ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. She performs regularly at major venues through out the world, including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank and the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Concertgebow in Amsterdam and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

In summer 2012 she performed at two BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and made her debut at Lincoln Center‘s ‘Mostly Mozart‘ Festival. She is currently performing the complete Mozart Concertos, and performed the complete Chopin Mazurkas to widespread acclaim in 2010. Known for her Bach interpretations, she was invited by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2013. This was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and received enthusiastic reviews in the press. London has another opportunity to hear her perform the work at the Wigmore Hall in May 2014.

Before the end of 2014 Joanna performs in Porto, returns to Melbourne and Sydney, appears with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and gives a recital at Kings Place.

Joanna MacGregor made her conducting debut in 2002 and has solo-directed concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and the Hallé, and enjoys a close artistic partnership with Britten Sinfonia, in programmes ranging from classical music to collaborations with, amongst others, Moses Molelekwa, pop artist and tabla player Talvin Singh, Brian Eno, folk artist Kathryn Tickell, jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Arabic singer and oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef and writer, mythologist and cultural historian Marina Warner.

Joanna was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV1, and her performances are regularly broadcast on both television and radio, including the Last Night of the Proms (playing Shostakovich’s first piano concerto). She filmed Bach’s Preludes and Fugues for the BBC, and has appeared on television and radio throughout Europe, North and South America and Australia.

Joanna MacGregor has made over 30 solo recordings, ranging from Bach, Scarlatti, Ravel and Debussy, to jazz and contemporary music. Her own record label SoundCircus — now in partnership with Warner Classical and Jazz — was founded in 1998 and has released many highly successful recordings of solo and concerto repertoire, including the Mercury Prize-nominated Play, Live in Buenos Aires, Bach’s Goldberg Variations (recorded at the Mozarteum in Salzburg), concertos by Britten, Gershwin, Schnittke and Bach, and a four-CD Messiaen set.

Joanna MacGregor has received Honorary Fellowships from the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music and Murray Edwards, Cambridge, as well as Honorary Doctorates from Bath University, Bath Spa and the Open University. From 1997 to 2000 she was Professor of Music at Gresham College, London where she gave a series of public lectures. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours in 2012. In September 2013 she was appointed as a Professor of the University of London at the Royal Academy of Music.

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