Joanna is the resident pianist at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, and has been playing and teaching piano in Queensland since 2013.

She was pianist and répétiteur in “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” (2013) a musical celebrating the music of Neil Sedaka, and “Dusty The Original Pop Diva” (2015) a musical about pop icon Dusty Springfield.

Musical. Breaking up is hard to do. Sunnybank Theatre. Queensland


In 2015 Joanna played her melodica in an 80-piece community orchestra as part of the Queensland Music Festival celebration of the City of Logan, “Under This Sky”.

feature orchestra


Last year, Joanna played lounge piano at Ryan’s On The Park, in the Treasury Heritage Hotel, for two months. She is looking forward to playing her melodica in a Scenic Rim community orchestra, as part of an event associated with the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in 2018.

Joanna is originally from England. She was a financial news sub-editor in London from 1993-2008. She wrote a blog about music, became one half of a duo called Klasik Elastik, and published a book, before settling in Australia, where she teaches and plays piano.

Her pianist site is: https://joannafunkeventpianist.com

Klasik Elastik (Sophie Van Aerde – violinist. Joanna Funk – pianist)



    1. Joanna

      Yes, Queensland really is the beautiful country. Can’t help but feel lucky being here. Thanks for your good wishes Kim, continue blogging your beautiful photography.

  1. Ruby Yeh

    Dear Joanna, Thank you for sharing your life journey and it’s inspiring to see that it’s never too late to accomplish anything. I’m in my mid 20s. I played piano since I was 7 and got my AMEB grade 8 when I was 15. I love music, but I didn’t pursue it as my career. I have been studying and working in scientific research but recently going through a change and studying postgrad diploma to become a secondary science teacher. Earlier this year an ex-colleague offered for me to teach her 7 years old and 12 years old piano and just like you said, it has been very rewarding watching them improve just over the course of a few months! I am still not confident enough about music pedagogies and whether I am good enough to be accepting more students. It would be good if I could learn from your experiences! Thanks for reading my long introduction!

    1. Joanna

      Hi Ruby, being in your mid-20s you have plenty of opportunities to find your calling 🙂 You may end up doing several things well, or change directions a few times in the course of a lifetime. Sound like you are interested in working with students whether in a science or music capacity. It’s great that you have options.

      It looks like you are based in Brisbane. Perhaps we could meet over coffee one day 🙂

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