Joan Blackman , violin

     “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. In 2010 Zach Carstensen of Seattle’s Gathering Note wrote “Your heart would need to be made of stone not to have loved Joan Blackman’s splendid solo “.

        Joan Blackman, former Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, enjoys a vibrant and varied musical life.  She has performed and recorded as soloist 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 performed chamber music  on  Music in the Morning, Music Fest Vancouver , the Pender Harbour Music Society Concert Series, various  concert series throughout BC, 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.   Ms. Blackman is also the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Vetta Chamber Music Society, a longstanding and well respected Vancouver series that celebrated its 30th anniversary last  season.

Joan is also an active teacher. Presently on faculty with the Victoria Conservatory of Music,  many of her students have gone on to be professional musicians. She has also taught at the University of British Columbia, University of VictoriaKwantlen College, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the VSO School of Music. Joan adjudicates at festivals throughout Western Canada.





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  1. Coming back for a short visit after 2 yrs away, we had, of course, tickets to the Symphony. What disappointment not to see and hear you.
    How selfish of us. 🙂

    Enjoy life on Salt Spring + all you do. And – to say it with ABBA – thank you for the music!!


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