Joella Pinto is immensely grateful to be able to dedicate her life to music and to have won a position in the violin section of the Auckland Philharmonia in Aotearoa New Zealand.
She is a graduate of the Artist Diploma Programme at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, where she was a scholarship student under the tutelage of Barry Shiffman and Erika Raum. Prior to that, Joella studied under the tutelage of Elizabeth Holowell towards her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The University of Auckland as a winner of The University of Auckland Scholarship and later as a Research Master’s Scholar.
As an orchestral musician, Joella has played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, Orchestra Wellington, Bach Musica and Piper’s Sinfonia.
As a soloist, Joella has performed with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Aorangi Symphony Orchestra, University of Auckland Symphony and the St Mary’s Chamber Orchestra.
She has also been a chamber musician for Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line.
Joella is also a baroque violinist, having studied with Dr Graham MacPhail at the University of Auckland and later taking lessons with Tafelmusik violinists Patricia Ahern and Julia Wedman while she was living in Toronto. Joella has played with the Auckland Collegium Musicum, the University of Toronto Collegium Musicum and the Rezonance Ensemble. She has also successfully auditioned for Juilliard at the Piccolo Accademia.
During her student years, Joella was the Concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. She was first prize winner of the GGS Chamber Music Competition with her string quartet, the Summerhill Quartet, and also participated in the Domaine Forget International Academy, the Tuckermore Chamber Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.