Biography

„If it is true that the musicality of performers is revealed best in slow phrases, then Joanna Sachryn is richly blessed with this gift…” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

“She captivates us with her tremendous temperament, huge musicality and breathtaking instrumental technique…” (Kölner Stadtanzeiger)

 

“Playing cello means for me telling stories”

 

The Polish cellist Joanna Sachryn convinces with her expressivity and a personality, which is simply not conventional. 
Her captivating stage presence and unique cello-sound reflect her universal experience as a trained musician – chamber musician, soloist, in orchestra and as professor.
Her debut with Edward Lalo Cello Concerto, after only four years of cello study attracted great interest in the Polish public.

At the age of sixteen she toured with ‘Jeunesse Musicales’ to Paris and London. Already then the ‘Observer’ extolled her extraordinary expressiveness. 

At the age of seventeen Joanna Sachryn, was the youngest cello soloist at Stettin Opera. 

At the same time she passed her diploma with distinction at the music conservatory at Stettin and won prizes in numerous national competitions.

Although the Iron Curtain was a major impediment, she went on to study in the Soloist Class  with Gerhard Mantel at the University for Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt and in London with William Pleeth.

She received decisive impulses through repertoire studies with Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniil Shafran. Numerous engagements followed, e.g. with Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, German Radio Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, State Orchestra of Ploiesti and Oradea Rumania.

As a chamber musician she played among others with the pianists Günter Ludwig, Paul Rivinius and Justus Franz, the violinist Thomas Christian, the cellists Johannes Goritzki, Boris Pergamenschikow and Eleonora Schönfeld, the 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, Shanghai Spring Festival, International Cello Festival Katowice, on international stages like The Musikverein Vienna, London Royal Festival Hall, Cecilia Meirelles Hall Rio de Janeiro, Suntory Hall Tokio, National Art Center and Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Art Center and Shanghai Symphony Hall. 

As a teacher Joanny Sachryn is also widely esteemed. She is professor at the renowned Tongji University in Shanghai, as guest professor at Beijing Central Conservatory and Shanxi University Taiyuan in China. She teaches annually masterclasses in the international music retreat Haus Marteau. She is also professor-member of Cello Family, probably the biggest cello festival in Asia.

From autumn 2020 Joanna Sachryn is leading the cello class at Academy for Music Berlin.

She is the cellist of the internationally renowned Cologne Piano Trio, which is well-established on international stages. 

Since 2009 she is a member of the Vienna Cello Ensemble 5+1. These cello ambassadors dedicate themselves to works of every imaginable style with great virtuosity and originality.