Personal Summary / Bio
Praised for his "...finger-knotting virtuosity..." (Yorkshire Post, England), his “expressive performance” (New York Times) and his “spontaneity, polish and sweet tone” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Joan Plana alternates his career in the US and Europe between the worlds of both modern and baroque violin. Since moving to New York in 2009, Joan has built an active career as solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Recipient of several prizes and awards, Joan has performed concerts all over Europe, Canada, US and China. He has recorded for the BBC, RAI, TVE, WCLV and WFMT. A founding member of the baroque ensemble CONCITATO, he is the Music Director of L’Académie (Boston) and the concertmaster of Baroque Band (Chicago), the American Baroque Orchestra and American Virtuosi. Joan also plays with different early music groups around the country and Europe, including the European Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo D’Oro, Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Clarion Society, Concert Royal, Boston Baroque and The American Classical Orchestra. Born in Lleida, Spain, he holds degrees from the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the ESMUC (Barcelona), studying with baroque violin teachers Monica Huggett, Enrico Onofri, Riccardo Minasi, Cynthia Roberts and Robert Mealy, among others. Joan currently resides in New York, where he is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.