About our new Music Director, Joanna MacGregor

We’re delighted to announce the renowned pianist, curator and conductor Joanna MacGregor CBE as the new Music Director of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joanna has a distinguished and vibrant career as a concert pianist, appearing in the over eighty countries around the world; she regularly broadcasts on TV and radio, including the Last Night of the Proms at the Albert Hall.

She’s known as an exceptional mover and shaker in the arts world, having been a highly successful Artistic Director of Bath International Festival, Dartington Summer School and Festival, and Deloitte Ignite at the Royal Opera House, as well as Aventures+, an orchestral series for Luxembourg Philharmonie. 


As a conductor and orchestral partner she’s worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She founded her own record label over twenty years ago – SoundCircus – which has issued award-winning recordings of, amongst others, Bach Goldberg Variations, Chopin The Complete Mazurkas, music by Piazzolla, and Deep River.

Communication and audience-building is at the heart of Joanna’s work. Aside from her role as Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where she runs an annual Summer Piano Festival and mentors brilliant young musicians, Joanna is known for her innovative and exciting programming, from Bach and Beethoven to jazz and new music; her many collaborators have included Brian Eno, folk artist Kathryn Tickell, saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale and cellist Adrian Brendel, as well as film makers and visual artists. She’s known for bringing classical music to wide-ranging audiences, presenting concerts and artistic events of the highest calibre for everyone. 

I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining this wonderful orchestra, who have been giving concerts for over 95 years. I’m extremely excited to be part of their long, illustrious history, and look forward to working closely with the players, the Board, and their warm audiences in the lead-up to Brighton Philharmonic’s centenary year, in the most imaginative way possible.

Joanna MacGregor
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