Joanna Bailie was born in London in 1973 and now lives in Berlin. She studied composition with Richard Barrett, electronic music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Holland and in 1999 won a fellowship to study at Columbia University. She completed her PhD at City, University of London in 2018.
Her music has been performed by groups such as Klangforum Wien, L’instant Donné, EXAUDI, Ensemble Mosaik, Ictus Ensemble, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Nadar, KNM Berlin, Zwerm, Asamisimasa, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, The London Sinfonietta, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The SWR Vokalensemble and the Ives Ensemble. She has written solo pieces for Mark Knoop, Francesco Dillon, Heloisa Amaral and Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir.
She has been programmed at events such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, ECLAT, Venice Biennale, Huddersfield, SPOR Festival, MaerzMusik, Musica Strasbourg, Rainy Days Festival Luxembourg, Darmstadt, Borealis Festival, and Ultima.
Her recent work includes chamber music and installation, and is characterized by the use of manipulated field recordings and other sound media together with acoustic instruments. She is also interested in the interplay between the audio and visual as evidenced by her works incorporating camera obscura, and film.
Together with composer Matthew Shlomowitz, Joanna founded Plus-Minus Ensemble in 2003. In May 2010 she was the guest curator at the SPOR Festival in Aarhus, Denmark and in September 2015 she curated and produced the Cut and Splice Festival for BBC Radio 3. She has taught composition at City, University of London, The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, the Luxembourg Composition Academy, the ReMusik online composition course, and at the 47th edition of the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music. In 2016 she was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin- program.