Dr Joanna Lewis
Originally from Corby in Northamptonshire, Joanna came to Leeds in 1989 to study Maths and Chemistry at the University of Leeds. After gaining her BSc in 1992, she embarked on a PhD in Chemistry, which she completed in 1997.
Joanna studied flute with David Moseley, who is the sub-principal flute of the Orchestra of Opera North. She has obtained the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) and the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), both in flute performance.
In 1997 Joanna joined Leeds Symphony Orchestra and was their principal flautist for some 12 years. During this period she was also principal flautist of the Orchestra of West Riding Opera and of Knaresborough Choral Society.
During her time with Leeds Symphony Orchestra, she and harpist, Georgina Wells, performed Mozart's Concerto for Flute & Harp several times. Joanna was also invited to perform Astor Piazzolla's L'Histoire du Tango with guitarist, Craig Ogden (soloist with many of the London Orchestras and frequently featured artist on Classic FM).
Joanna has played with the Northern Wagner Orchestra, playing Wagner's Ring Cycle in its entirety and with the Rehearsal Orchestra in London, under the direction of their President, Sir Andrew Davis.
Joanna is currently enjoying working as a freelance pit musician for shows, playing flute, piccolo, alto flute, clarinet and saxophone. She also plays flute, alto flute and piccolo with the Meltemi Ensemble, alongside her husband, David Baker (Bassoon Tutor) and she occasionally plays flute/alto flute/piccolo with Sinfonia of Leeds and the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. Joanna has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance at The University of Leeds.
As well as performing, Joanna is an artist and also has her own private teaching practice where she teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and music theory. She also teaches maths up to A Level.
Joanna has attended many ensemble and orchestral workshops herself and so brings a wealth of experience from both sides.