Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor

Witness the musical phenomenon that is pianist Joanna MacGregor as she performs an eclectic and engaging programme from spine-tingling renditions of Bach via Piazzolla and Thelonious Monk, showcasing her innovative style and individuality.

Tour Dates

19 Mar, 8pm, €22 / €16 / €10 Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, Cork
20 Mar, 8pm, €18, €13 The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1
22 Mar, 6pm, €20 / €10 The Model, Sligo
23 Mar, 8pm, €16 / €14 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
25 Mar, 8pm, €18 / €16 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
26 Mar, 8pm, €18 / €5 Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford
28 Mar, 8pm, €20 Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath

Since coming to prominence in the 1980s, Joanna MacGregor has built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most innovative – and tireless – musicians. A renowned concert pianist lauded for her dazzling technique, irrepressible energy and musical intellect, she is also a highly-respected composer, curator, conductor and teacher.

Throughout her career, MacGregor has repeatedly broken the mould, thanks in part to a hugely diverse repertoire stretching from the Baroque canon to improvised jazz and North American avant-garde. A veteran of over thirty solo recordings, she has collaborated with an amazing array of artists, including Django Bates, Moses Molelekwa, Andy Sheppard, Brian Eno and Nitin Sawhney, as well as performing with such eminent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas. 

For this tour Joanna will perform a musical sketch of her life: from the Bach preludes and Gospel songs she played as a child, through to her first jazz love - Thelonious Monk – and her first ‘difficult’ composer – Charles Ives; from her travels across the Deep South of the United States, and first journeys in Latin America.

As part of her Irish tour from 19th to 28th March, Joanna MacGregor will host masterclasses in Cork, Dublin and Waterford with students of CIT Cork School of Music, the Piano Academy of Ireland and WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology). A limited number of observer places are available for the Dublin masterclass. Read more here.

Composers' Voice:
Joanna MacGregor will play a new piece, Roadshow, by Irish composer Conor Linehan on this tour. Conor will be in attendance at the Pavilion Theatre on 25th March for a Composers’ Voice pre-concert talk. There will also be an opportunity for a brief Q & A session before the performance. Composers' Voice is an audience development initiative of the Contemporary Music Centre and is made possible through the continued funding of the Centre by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion. 

Tour continues to Northern Ireland with
Sunday 29 March: The MAC, Belfast
Tuesday 31 March: Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady
Wednesday 1 April: Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

19 Mar Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, Cork 8pm, €22 / €16 / €10 Box office opens 45 minutes before performance Cork Orchestral Society
20 Mar The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1 8pm, €18, €13 01 4750224 Music Network
22 Mar The Model, Sligo 6pm, €20 / €10 071 9161518 (Hawk's Well Theatre) Con Brio
23 Mar Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8pm, €16 / €14 094 9023733 Linenhall Arts Centre
25 Mar Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm, €18 / €16 01 2312929 Pavilion Theatre
26 Mar Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 8pm, €18 / €5 051 874402 (Theatre Royal) - Tickets available on the door Waterford Music
28 Mar Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath 8pm, €20 044 9666344 Derravaragh Music Association

Programme - CROSS BORDER:

J.S. Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich: Five Preludes and Fugues
(Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 846 – Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue in C major – Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847 – Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue in E flat major – Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue in D flat major)

Frédéric Chopin: Six Mazurkas
(Op 6 no 1 in F sharp minor; Op 17 no 2 in E minor; Op 59 no 2 in A flat major; Op 30 no 3 in D flat major; Op 17 no 4 in A minor; Op 50 no 3 in C sharp minor)

Conor Linehan: Roadshow (2015)

Lost Highways, American Journeys (Charles Ives: The Alcotts - Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Point - Traditional: Deep River  - Professor Longhair: Big Chief  - Traditional: Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down)

Astor Piazzolla: Four Tangos (arr. MacGregor)
(Tanguedia; Buenos Aires Hora Cero; Milonga del Angel; Libertango)

NYO perform Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony (Joanna MacGregor soloist)

Joanna MacGregor performs Bach's Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G Major BWV 860

Joanna MacGregor on Aventure+ "Celtic Connections"

"Dancing energy and occasional moments of outright eccentricity."

- The Daily Telegraph


- The Guardian

"One of contemporary music’s great individualists, a uniquely enlivening presence who slices her way through all the barriers she sees as false and limiting."

- The Independent