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Joanne Clara is a Chinese-born British composer and performing artist based between London and Hong Kong. Graduating in Composition from Royal College of Music in London (BA, MA), Clara has received various commissions from Royal Academy of Arts, The National Gallery, and The National Portrait Gallery to compose for multimedia exhibitions. In 2017, she was invited to perform ‘Moved’ with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, an original piano concerto adapted from her first instrumental EP ‘Lifted’. Now, she is producing a second instrumental EP, which is stylistically more experimental and cinematic than the first.
Since 2012, Clara began working with directors from different artistic backgrounds deliberately, and scored for multiple award-winning short films and art installations that have shown in national film festivals, galleries, and museums in Hong Kong, Nanjing, London, Manchester, Vienna, Udine, and Boston. Her most recent commission was to compose original music and perform live for the award-winning Akram Khan Company in ‘Portraits in Otherness’, a solo dance production in collaboration with Peacock Dance Company in China. It was premiered at Sadlers Well Theatre in London in June 2018, followed by performances at the Julidans International Festival in Amsterdam and Shanghai International Arts Festival in China.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Clara has recorded for and supported artists including Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin, Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka, Emeli Sandé, Matt Corby, The Staves, and Roo Panes, a UK band whom she tours with regularly.
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