Joan Dixon first studied piano with the late Hans Solty and gave her first professional recital at the age of sixteen. She later studied the recorder with Walter Bergmann and Frans Bruggen. After graduating with first class honours from the University of York she was awarded a Dutch Government scholarship for postgraduate study with Bruggen at the Royal Dutch Conservatory, the Hague. On her return to England Joan Dixon soon began performing both as a recorder player, in solo recitals and in chamber groups, and as a solo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician.
Joan has performed at Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, the Purcell Room and other venues throughout the country. As an accompanist she has worked with many well-known singers and instrumentalists, in a piano duo and in the Leeds Piano Trio. As a recorder player she has appeared with a number of baroque groups, particularly the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, frequently as a concert soloist. She has always been in great demand as a teacher, and currently teaches at the Universities of Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield and York at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. She is a mentor for the Associated Board Professional Development course.