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Joanna Butler became interested in early music while she was studying piano at the State Music School at Zduńska Wola in her native Poland. Graduating from there with her Diploma of Music, she moved to Australia and soon commenced her harpsichord studies with Monika Kornel and then Neal Peres da Costa at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Before completing her Bachelor of Music (Performance) in June 2009, Joanna received an overseas scholarship from the University of Sydney to study as an exchange student in London under harpsichordist Terence Charlston at the Royal College of Music.

She has performed as continuo harpsichordist and organist in numerous ensembles in both Europe and Australia, including New Cologne Philharmonia, RCM Baroque Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, Tall Poppeas, Sounds Baroque, Sydney Consort, St James’ King St and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Joanna is Vice-President of The Australian Historical Performance Initiative and currently working with Paul Dyer, Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She enjoys teaching harpsichord and is proud owner of a 1982 Flemish Double by Carey Beebe.

Joanna can often be found tending the early keyboard instruments at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music or preparing our hire instruments on stage.

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