Joan Dickson

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Joan Dickson (21 December 1921 in Edinburgh – 9 October 1994 in London) was one of the great cello teachers of the twentieth century. She worked primarily in the United Kingdom, and was a professor at the Royal College of Music in London. She was also a notable performer, giving many duo recitals with her longtime partner Joyce Rathbone. Joan also collaborated regularly with her sister Hester, who is also a pianist, and remains a piano accompaniment lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

She studied with Enrico Mainardi in Paris.

Her students included soloists Alexander Baillie and Richard Harwood, as well as orchestral cellists Andrew Shulman and Louisa Tuck.


  • Margaret Campbell: "Joan Dickson". In: Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 22. August 2012. (subscription required)

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