“Shapelier phrases and sweeter tone would be hard to imagine”, “a ravishing tone”, “first rate soloist”, “exchanged lines meltingly in a flawless performance” “playing with lyricism, precision, and evident joy”; are some of the accolades that have graced Joan’s reviews. “Your heart would need to be made of stone not to have loved Joan Blackman’s splendid solo” Zach Carstensen, Seattle’s Gathering Note
Joan Blackman, formerly Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, enjoys a vibrant and varied musical life performing chamber music and teaching violin. As a soloist she has performed and recorded with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble and the Banff Festival Orchestra, and has played chamber music with premier groups such as the Penderecki String Quartet and the Purcell String Quartet.
She has appeared on the series Music in the Morning, Music Fest Vancouver, the Pender Harbour Music Society Concert Series, The Jeffrey Concerts in London, Ont., and the American String Project, which brings together concertmasters and soloists throughout North America. Joan has appeared at numerous summer festivals including the Hornby Island Festival, the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, and the Victoria Summer Music Festival.
Joan is also an active teacher and has taught at UBC, Kwantlen College, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the VSO School of Music.
She is presently on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and gives master classes throughout BC. Ms. Blackman is also the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Vetta Chamber Music Society, a longstanding and well respected series.