Biography

"She captivates us with her "tremendous temperament, huge musicality and breathtaking instrumental technique" (Kölner Stadtanzeiger).

"She offers us "exciting expressiveness in rich colours" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

The Nordbayerischer Kurier finds her "the absolute apogee of mellifluous and feminine feeling for sound", even a "singing swan of the cello".

Especially prized by the music press and audiences the world over is Joanna's bewitching power of expression, which she exemplifies in all musical styles. Hand in hand with this goes her love of experimentation, demonstrated by her broad-minded approach to playing in the most varied of instrumental combinations.

"For me, playing the cello means expressing something which usually can't be communicated with words alone. It's a question of getting involved in this 'musical conversation' in all its rich nuances."


This is how Joanna describes her philosophy, which has influenced her career right from the start, and to which she remains faithful to the present day.

Joanna Sachryn was born into a family of musicians, giving her debut of the Lalo concerto after only four years of cello study, to the great interest of the Polish public. At the age of sixteen she toured with Jeunesses Musicales to Paris and to London, where the Observer already extolled her great expressiveness. At the age of 17, alongside musical studies, schooling and numerous solo concerts, Joanna took on the solo cello position at Stettin Opera, at the same time winning prizes in numerous national competitions.

Although the Iron Curtain was a major impediment, she went on to study with Gerhard Mantel in Frankfurt, ultimately graduating from his „Solistenklasse“ and in London with William Pleeth.
Repertoire study with Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniil Shafran made a strong impression on her further development.

Alongside the standard repertoire, she particularly espouses music of 20-th century such as the cello concertos of Dimitri Shostakovich, Paul Hindemith, Friedrich Gulda (with wind orchestra), Hans Werner Henze and Krzysztof Meyer.

She is the cellist of the internationally renowned Cologne Piano Trio, which is regularly invited to give concerts and masterclasses in Europe, Asia and South America.

Since 2008 she is a member of the Vienna Cello Ensemble "5+1". Founded by a cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, these cello ambassadors dedicate themselves to works of every imaginable style with great virtuosity and originality.

Joanna's chamber music partners have included pianists Günter Ludwig, Paul Rivinius and Justus Franz, violinist Thomas Christian, cellists Boris Pergamenschikow, Martin Ostertag, Johannes Goritzki and Eleonora Schoenfeld, double bass players Günther Klaus, Wolfgang Güttler and Boguslaw Furtok.

She has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Liana Issakadze Festival in Georgia, Shanghai Spring Festival.

Orchestras she played as a soloist and worked with : State Orchestra of Ploiesti and Oradea in Rumania, Philharmonic Orchestra Regensburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the Korean Chamber Ensemble, German Radio Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra London.

As a teacher Joanna is also widely esteemed. She gives regular masterclasses for chamber music and cello in Germany ,South America and Asia. She is guest professor at the renowned Tongji University in Shanghai.

Joanna Sachryn plays "Il Canone" - built by Urs W. Mächler.

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