Joanna Marsden is a ‘fabulous’ (the Whole Note) flautist based in Montréal, Québec. She has performed with numerous ensembles throughout North America and Europe “beautifully” (Luis Gago, Madrid) and “with notable rhetorical clarity” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). She has worked with conductors including Ton Koopman, Julian Prégardien, Florian Heyerick, Mathieu Lussier, and Peter van Heyghen among others. She collaborates frequently with historical keyboardists Mark Edwards, Katelyn Clark, and Christophe Gauthier.
She is a founding member of Montréal’s Poiesis and Symphonie Atlantique, a conductorless chamber orchestra based in the Netherlands dedicated to Classical and Romantic repertoire led from the violin by Rebecca Huber. Her début CD, Devienne Sonatas with Mark Edwards, was issued by Centaur Records in February 2019 and has been warmly reviewed by Early Music America and the American Record Guide. She addresses a wide repertoire, playing antique flutes by Tortochot (Paris, ~1770), Claire Godfroy l’aîné (Paris, ~1820), Jean-Louis Tulou (Paris, ~1841) and Isidore Lot (Paris ~1870) and faithful reproductions.
She holds degrees from Vassar College, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. Her main teachers include Wilbert Hazelzet (Royal Conservatory of the Hague), Claire Guimond (Schulich School of Music of McGill University), and John Solum (Vassar College).
She has offered engaging workshops and masterclasses on baroque flute and historical performing practices to a wide network of students throughout Europe, North America and South America. She presented a workshop on historical performing practice while she was an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende in 2019, and she has given lectures recently for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s music faculty and Academia de Música Antigua.