Sibling duo Joanne and David Quigley were born in Camlough, Co. Armagh and have been performing together since they were children. Their careers have taken them all over the world from Carnegie Hall, New York to the Musikverein in Vienna.
Joanne and David perform regularly in recital as a duo at festivals throughout Ireland, the UK and abroad. Recent performances include concerts at the National Concert Hall Dublin, The American Irish Historical Society New York and a special performance for former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. The duo released their first album of Irish Music in 2010, entitled Rediscoveries: Old and New Music of Ireland. Since its release it has been broadcast on Irish, British and American radio stations and received favourable reviews in the press.
Irish violinist Joanne Quigley currently enjoys a wide and varied career in music. She is in high demand as an orchestral leader and principal player and has appeared as guest leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. During 2011-2012 she was the acting leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra and held the position of Co-Leader of that orchestra from 2006-2008. Prior to this appointment she was a member of The Northern Sinfonia (2003-2006) and leader of Castleward Opera (2006-2009).
Joanne has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the USA as a principal player with the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. She also performs regularly as Co-Leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Due largely to her association with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Joanne has developed a great interest in historical performance. As a result she now plays frequently with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Kings Consort. During 2013-2014 she will be presenting a series of solo violin concerts throughout Ireland using both the baroque and modern violin.
At the other end of the authentic performance spectrum, she is a member of the acclaimed, hand-picked John Wilson Orchestra, which specializes in the glorious music of the Golden Age of MGM, played with the highest intensity, energy and molto vibrato! Joanne is also a key player with Ireland’s Contemporary Music group The Crash Ensemble, “a group that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group” (The New York Times). With them, she has recently recorded Gerald Barry’s String Quartet and will be leading a tour of his Opera ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and the Thomas Adès Opera ‘Powder Her Face’ in Autumn 2013. She will also be appearing with them at Carnegie Hall in May.
As a soloist, Joanne has performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia, The Ulster Sinfonia, The Ulster Youth Orchestra, The Oriel Ensemble and The Banff Chamber Orchestra. She was Soloist and Director of a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2 for the opening gala concert of the Banff Festival in 2004 which was recorded for CBC Radio. She also programmed and directed a concert series on six consecutive Sundays for The Banff Centre during that Festival.
Chamber Music plays an important role in Joanne’s career and she performs regularly with her brother, pianist David Quigley. Joanne and David also perform regularly with acclaimed Norwegian cellist, Jonathan Aasgaard and previously played as the Belfast Piano Trio with Bulgarian cellist, Alexander Somov. In addition, Joanne is the new leader of the Altissimo String Quintet, based in Dublin. Future engagements with the group during 2013 include recitals at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin and the Music for Galway International Series.
She holds an honours degree and a Professional Performance Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and completed her formal studies with Professor Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.