Joana Ly

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Portuguese violinist based in the UK
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Portuguese violinist Joana started playing violin aged 4 and soon joined the Aveiro Conservatoire of Music where she studied with Ana Sofia Mota until finishing school. After that, her violin studies took her to Lisbon (ANSO), London (RCM with Radu Blidar) and Rotterdam (Codarts with Gordan Nikolic), thanks to the support of the Gulbenkian Foundation. During this time she was lucky to be part of some fantastic training orchestras such as Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Southbank Sinfonia. Currently her orchestral work is mainly in the UK with ensembles such as Philharmonia, Garsington Opera, Opera North, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Bristol Ensemble. Her interest for historical performance has led her to some festivals such as Dartington, EUBO Mobile Academy and Freiburg Barockorchester Academy where she had the opportunity of studying with wonderful violinists such as with Petra Müllejans, Margaret Faultless and Adrian Butterfield. She also plays regularly with period ensembles such as Brandenburg Sinfonia and Feuersinfonie(Utrecht Oude Muziek Fringe Festival). In 2016 she received a Career development bursary from Help Musicians UK and performed complete Beethoven Sonatas in a four-concert cycle in London. Chamber music plays a big part in her life, having been part of two string quartets and currently managing her ensemble Artisti con Brio. This has led to playing at numerous festivals around Europe, such as Buxton Festival, Harmus Festival, Stift International Festival, Aurora Chamber Music, EUBO Mobile academy, Dartington and Lake District Chamber Music. Now her own festival keeps her busy - Islington Festival of Music and Art and has recently joined the ENB Philharmonic orchestra as a member.

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Joana's Reviews

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Verity S
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Joana was fab - she played just beautifully and was a very special part of our wedding ceremony. She was always helpful, reassuring and prompt with pre-wedding communication; in particular she was exceptionally patient with all my questions and anxieties. I needn't have worried - she was perfect and we would highly recommend her.

Hannah C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5


Lisa M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Just perfect from start to finish

Simon O
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Joana was absolutely fantastic! Her communication beforehand was excellent and introduced herself promptly when arriving at the venue. The music she played was wonderful and really put a shine on our wedding ceremony. We couldn’t have her asked for more, absolutely wonderful!

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That was the best part of our cruise!

7 years ago

Thank you for being part of our special day!

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Joana's Song list

Bridal March
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Can’t Help Falling in Love With You – Ingrid Michaelson
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Ode to Joy
Berlin Song – Ludovico Einaudi
Air on the G String – Johann Sebastian Bach
Handel – Water Music – Air
Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus K618Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
All of Me – John Legend
Love Me Tender – Elvis
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You – Marvin Gaye
All You Need Is Love – Beatles
When You Need Me – Bruce Spingsteen
You and I – Stevie Wonder
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Happy Together – The Turtles
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Ain’t No Mountain High – Marvin Gaye
Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
It Must Be Love – Madness
Marry You – Bruno Mars
The Power of Love – Gabrielle Aplin
One Call Away – Charlie Puth
Over and Over Again – Nathan Sykes
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
The One – Kodaline
Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
Stay – Rihanna
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Where I Sleep – Emile Sande
See You Again – Charlie Puth (acoustic)
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Sugar – Maroon 5
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Love On Top – Beyonce
Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Wake Me Up – Avicii
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
Hey Soul Sister – Train
I Want Crazy – Hunter HayesCrazy Love – Michael Buble
At Last – Etta James
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Who’s Lovin’ You – Michael Buble
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
La Mer – Charles Trenet
Do It Again – Marilyn Monroe
It Had to be You – Ray Charles
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon – The Andrews Sisters
In the Mood – Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
My Girl – The Temptations

Joana's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I'm a solo violinist but also play with other musicians, for group bookings you can find me on artisti con brio page

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I am always as flexible as possible, if the timings change it would be important to know it as soon as possible so it gives me a better chance of accommodating

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually set up is between 15min to half an hour

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes absolutely

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I will bring my instrument and music stand

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes if you have any specific requests do send them in advance and I will be happy to play them
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Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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