As a solo artist, Joanna MacGregor has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has premiered many landmark compositions ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. Joanna MacGregor made her conducting debut in 2002 and regularly directs her own orchestral projects, including an all-Mozart programme with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bach with the Hallé. She enjoys a close artistic partnership as conductor and performer with Britten Sinfonia, in programmes ranging from classical music to new collaborations with jazz and world musicians.
As a recording artist Joanna has made over 30 solo recordings, ranging from Bach, Scarlatti, Ravel and Debussy, to jazz and contemporary music. Her own record label SoundCircus was founded in 1998 and has released many highly successful recordings including the Mercury prize-nominated Play (including music by Bach, Ligeti and Piazzolla) and Neural Circuits, with music by Messiaen, Arvo Pärt and Nitin Sawhney.
Joanna holds Professorships at Liverpool Hope University and the Royal College of Art, and has received honorary Fellowships from the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music and New Hall, Cambridge, as well as Honorary Doctorates from Bath University and the Open University. From 1997-2000 she was Professor of Music at Gresham College, London where she gave a series of public lectures. Since 2006 Joanna has been Artistic Director of Bath International Music Festival.