Violinist Joan Plana comes from a family of devoted pedagogues. He started his first lessons of music with his mother, a piano teacher in Lleida (Catalonia), and over the years he has developed an ardent love for teaching violin to all ages and backgrounds, (alternating it with his concert solo career). After moving to Barcelona in 2001, he started a private studio. Since then, he has been teaching violin privately, first in Cleveland and after in New York. Along with his private studio, he is currently on the faculty at Opportunity Music Project and as Artist Teacher at Midori and Friends.
He has taught master-classes, workshops, and lead rehearsals in performance practice at Baldwin Wallace College, Sarah Lawrence College, Manhattan School of Music, and since 2014, he is on the faculty at the “Rethinking Bach” workshop at the Tokai University in Japan.
He alternates his career in the US, Europe, China, and Japan between the worlds of both modern and baroque violins. Since moving to New York in 2009, Joan has built an active career as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Recipient of several prizes and awards, Joan has performed concerts all over Europe, Canada, US, Japan, China, and South America. A founding member of the baroque ensemble CONCITATO, he has been the Music Director of L’Académie (Boston), concertmaster of Baroque Band (Chicago), the American Baroque Orchestra, Concentus New York (Japan) and guest concertmaster in other baroque orchestras around the country. He has been also a member of the European Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo D’Oro, Trinity Wall Street and Handel and Haydn Society, among others. Born in Lleida, Catalunya, he holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the ESMUC (Barcelona). Joan is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the CUNY Graduate Center.