« Joanna Goodale is undoubtedly a singular artist who should be followed closely. »
« What a talent! »
« Joanna Goodale is without a doubt
original and innovative »
« Joanna Goodale, irreverent young piano talent, succeeds in enchanting an ever-growing audience. »
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« If Joanna carries within her the gift and the grace, she possesses, beyond the borders, the beauty of audacity. »
« Joanna Goodale's playing is above all natural and, imbued with authentic research, blossoms in freedom and spontaneity.»
« Joanna Goodale creates a work that brings together sounds and silences from the West and the East that remind us of our universality as human beings.»
JOANNA GOODALE, pianist & composer
Born into a British-Turkish family, Joanna Goodale is a French-Swiss pianist with an eclectic and creative career, opening up the classical repertoire to sacred music of the Middle and Far East, through her interpretations and compositions.
Hailed by the press (France Musique, RFI, RTS and RTBF), her first album BACH IN A CIRCLE, uniting Bach’s music with her own arrangements of Sufi chants (Turkey / Iran), was released in 2019 by Label Paraty and with the support of the Fondation Tempo, the Fondation Engelberts and the Swiss National Radio RTS (Espace 2). Her second album DEBUSSY IN RESONANCE, produced by the Swiss National Radio, will feature Debussy's works along her own compositions for piano, gongs and bowls, and will be released early 2022 by Label Paraty.
Joanna Goodale is regularly invited to perform in Europe. Graduated from a Master of Arts in Piano (Geneva) and a Master of Arts in Anthropology (London), she benefited from the advice of international pianists such as Alice Ader, Alain Kremski, Cédric Pescia, Menahem Pressler and Anne Queffélec. Inspired by improvising pianists such as Gabriela Montero, Jean-François Zygel and Marc Vella, she plays in concert her own comprovisations, linked to the interpreted repertoire.
Passionate of hybrid projects, she forms AFSHAN TRIO -persian inspired music- with Pouya Khoshravesh (kamanche) and Simon Leleux (percussion), collaborates with the Sufi dancer Sahar Dehghan, with Leili Anvar for poetic concert-readings, and with the actress Pascale Bessard around the life of Erik SATIE. She also plays with the Kora player Sankhoum Cissokho and with the pianist Anna Benzakoun in FRACTALES piano-duo.
Born in Switzerland, Joanna Goodale studied at the Music Conservatory of Geneva where her musical talent and perfect pitch were quickly noticed. She continued her studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEM) de Genève with Dominique Weber, in the lineage of Leon Fleisher. Joanna is also specialised in piano pedagogy (Master) and has been teaching passionately for over a decade. She runs workshops on improvisation and prepared piano in schools, festivals and on the fringes of her concerts.
Deeply convinced that music can transcend borders and touch the sublime, she invites her public to enter in communion with sound and silence in a space-time of rare intensity.
Invited at: Pianoctambule, Festival Font-Romeu, Musée du Piano, Festival Soufi de Paris, Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Festival de Pompignan, Institut Yunus Emre, Festival de la Cité de Lausanne (Switzerland), Lavaux Classic, Piano Salon Cristophori (Germany), Bezirhane Venue (Turkey)...
"Joanna Goodale's playing is above all natural and, imbued with genuine research, blossoms with freedom and spontaneity"
Dominique Weber, Piano teacher at the Geneva University of Music (HEM)
“Joanna Goodale is without a doubt a unique artist who should be followed closely. To a playing that is at the same time extremely sensitive and very articulate is added a rare sensitivity that the young pianist puts at the service of a passionate and stimulating musical curiosity ”
Jean-Marie Blanchard, Former Director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Opéra de Nancy and Lorraine
" What a talent! "
Menahem Pressler, international pianist
“From Joanna Goodale, we can really say that 'value does not wait for the number of years'! She is incredibly talented [...] She plays Bach like a primordial and intimate language and she builds musical bridges with the Sufi East which, under her fairy fingers, become melodic and spiritual evidences. Magnificent! "
Leili Anvar, journalist for Le Monde des Religions, lecturer in Persian literature.