I play music, teach piano and write, in the Scenic Rim in Queensland, Australia. I like to keep things simple and try to have an honest voice in all that I do.


Joanna’s bio

Joanna is British Chinese, born in London to Malaysian Chinese parents. She has lived in London and Hampshire in the UK, New York City, Western France, Singapore, Malaysia and now resides in regional Queensland, Australia.

After working for five years as a bond dealer, Joanna switched to financial news and stayed in that field for 16 years in London. In 2008 she took voluntary redundancy from the then newly-merged financial newswire ThomsonReuters.

Joanna moved with her son to her parents’ birthplace Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, and spent four years discovering her roots. She became resident pianist in the Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, listened to a lot of live music and wrote a blog about the musicians. In writing the blog Joanna discovered Sabah and her ancestry. By the time she moved to Australia, she was completely at ease with her Asian-Western persona, perhaps for the first time in her life. The blog became a coffee table book in 2012 and resides in the Sabah State Library, the Sabah Tourism Board and selected libraries and bookstores across Malaysia.

In Queensland, Joanna teaches piano at McAuley College in Beaudesert, and gives private piano lessons in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Her first taste of music journalism was as a staff writer for Straight No Chaser in London in the 1990s. These days her work is published in Scenestr and Formant Magazine, and she writes copy for Agency 888. She is also represented by 888 for television and film work.

Joanna plays piano weekly at a golf resort, and is keyboard player/vocals in an easy-listening duo and a 5-piece country band.

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