Applied Faculty Piano and Harpsichord, Coordinator of Collaborative Piano
Music & Communication Building
An artist of exceptional versatility, Joela Jones plays piano, harpsichord, organ, celesta, synthesizer, and accordion with The Cleveland Orchestra. She has appeared frequently as soloist with the Orchestra at home and on tour, in a wide repertoire of more than fifty different works ranging from Bach to Henze. With current TCO music director Franz Welser-Möst, she has been soloist in works by Bernstein and Messiaen. Since the recent renovation of Severance Hall’s Norton Memorial Organ, she has performed in works for orchestra and solo organ by Barber, Poulenc, Janáček, Saint-Saëns, and Ives. Ms. Jones has appeared as soloist with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, and has performed extensively in solo and chamber music recitals. She teaches classes in advanced orchestral keyboard technique at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and chairs the collaborative piano department at Kent/Blossom Music. She is a regular coach for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Ms. Jones has recorded works by Poulenc and d’Indy with the London Symphony Orchestra. With The Cleveland Orchestra, she has recorded Janáček’s Capriccio for Left Hand with Christoph von Dohnányi and Messiaen’s La Ville d’en Haut and Sept haïkaï with Pierre Boulez. Joela Jones has also released a CD of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio with Cleveland Orchestra colleagues Richard Weiss, Maximilian Dimoff, and Donald Miller.