Joanne studied with the legendary Enesco pupil, Nathan Gutman, in Australia before winning a coveted full postgraduate scholarship (as the Clarke scholar) to attend the Royal College of Music in London.
While there she became a founder member of the Hogarth Quartet and won prizes in international competitions, participated in the BBC Young Artists programme and was a winner of the Tunnel Trust competition.
From 1998 -2001 she was a sub-principal member of the Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle and for the last 14 years has been a long-standing member of the Scottish Ensemble.
Playing baroque violin, she has also been one of the leading forces behind the Avison Ensemble, including its acclaimed catalogue of CD recordings for Naxos and Linn Records.
Joanne has played on the front desks of many UK orchestras including ROH Covent Garden, CBSO, and SCO.
She is also a highly experienced education animateur and has written and delivered projects all over the country.
She taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 10 years and has coached chamber music at Pro Corda and for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and is now a visiting music specialist at Wells Cathedral School.