Joan Panetti, pianist and composer, garnered first prizes at the Peabody Conservatory and the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris. She received her B.A. degree from Smith College before coming to the Yale School of Music, where she received the D.M.A. in 1974. Her principal mentors were Olivier Messiaen, Yvonne Loriod, Wilhelm Kempff, Alvin Etler, Mel Powell, and Donald Currier. She has toured extensively in the United States and Europe and performs frequently as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.

Most recently, she has recorded a disc of works by Schumann, Shubert, Debussy, and Gershwin with her faculty colleague, violinist Syoko Aki, for the Epson label. Joan Panetti's recent compositions include three fantasies (violin and piano, oboe and piano, and cello and piano) as well as songs for mezzo-soprano and piano. In 2004-2005, she performed her piano quintet, In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See, with the Tokyo Quartet in Pasadena, Syan Francisco, at the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, and at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York. The work, commissioned by Music Accord, received wide acclaim. Her piano trio, The Instant Gathers, commissioned b the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, was premiered in June 2006 at the Chelsea Art Museum with the composer at the piano. Her most recent composition: A gust inside the god for chorus and chamber ensemble was commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for its centenary and premiered in August 2006.

Ms. Panetti has served on the faculties of Yale College and the Yale School of Music for the past 30 years where she has developed a nationally-recognized course, Hearing, that emphasizes the interaction between performers and composers. She was also on the faculties of Swarthmore College and Princeton University. Ms. Panetti was Director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and The Yale Summer School of Music and Art from 1981 to 2003. Ms. Panetti is the recipient of the Luise Voschergian Award for excellence in teaching from Harvard University, the Nadia Boulanger Award from the Longy School in Boston, and the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Music. She was named the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Jr. Professor of Music at Yale University in 2004.

Joan Panetti