Joanna Gutowska is a polish cellist based in London. She has made her debut as a soloist performing Goltermann’s Cello Concerto in G-major at the age of 12 and has since appeared in concerts and festivals around the world as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
As a soloist she has performed in many renowned concert halls in Europe and Asia as well as at important festivals including the Presteigne Festival, Highgate Intenational Chamber Music Festival, International Festival Mistrzowie Polskiej Wiolinistyki, the Piano Festival at the Royal Academy of Music London, and the International Festivals Mikolaj Gorecki, Krzysztof Penderecki Emanacje, Cracow Autumn, Stars Promote, and the International Festival of Music in Old Cracow. In 2017 she made her debut on BBC Radio 3.
With a broad range of repertoire, her musical specialisms encompass works from the standard repertoire alongside lesser known pieces. In her recitals she often includes new works, many of them written especially for her and dedicated to her. Her most recent performances included “Poems” for cello solo by Manos Charalabopoulos, which was commissioned for her by the Royal Philharmonic Society and won the Ivan Juritz Prize.
Joanna is a founding member of the award-winning Bukolika Piano Trio. She also collaborates with the guitarist Mario Kurtjak as well as with the Rowan Cello Quartet. In January 2020, she received her PhD. Her doctoral research as well as her CD album focussed on music for the cello by Kaija Saariaho as an example of new qualities of sound and expression. Joanna received ascholarship from the Clumber Studio to study with Christoph Richter at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with Distinction in 2018.
Joanna is a highly demanded teacher, and holds a position as an assistant professor at the Academy of Music Krakow in addition to her ever-expanding class of private cello students across London. She is also involved in the promotion of music by the Venezuelan composer Antonio Estevez, whose music is well known in South America but still undiscovered by many audiences.
Joanna plays on a cello by Pawel Migiel.