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Joseph Twist : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Wandering : mixed voices S.A.T.B a cappella by Joseph Twist, from the CD Time and eternity

Photo of Joseph Twist

Photo: George Popov


Joe Twist's eclectic experience as a composer, arranger, singer, and pianist has involved vocal and instrumental concert music, as well as jazz, cabaret and film music. He is the recipient two of Australia's most prestigious Awards for screen music composers; the APRA Professional Development Award (Film and TV Category) and the Brian May Scholarship. Based in New York, Twist is completing a Master of Arts in Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University. He currently holds three tertiary degrees in music composition from the University of Queensland and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney, including a Doctor of Philosophy.

Twist's Film and Television work includes many acclaimed short films which have featured at festivals around the world, including the Dungog Film Festival and Flickerfest, as well as documentaries, webseries and TV commercials. As an arranger and orchestrator of film scores and live concerts, Twist's work has included arrangements for The Wiggles, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Deep Blue Orchestra, Lady Sings it Better and renowned singers David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. In 2013 Twist is a participant in several prestigious Film and Television scoring programs around the United States, including the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles, and the ASCAP Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop in New York.

Twist's concert works are currently published by Morton Music in Australia and Hinshaw Music in the United States and his works feature on several CDs including such commercial labels as ABC Classics. Twist has received numerous awards, including the Chanticleer International Composition Competition, first place in the 15th International Choral Composition Competition 2011, as well as both the NYU Film Scoring Competition and the NYU Orchestral Composition Competition 2012-13. Twist's compositions have been commissioned and performed around the world by many esteemed ensembles such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Gondwana Voices, The Song Company, The Australian Voices, Collusion, the Southern Cross Soloists, JACK Quartet and Chanticleer.

Joseph Twist — current to April 2013

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
VorSinget : SATB choir with accompaniment Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Choir.
Digital sheet music sample Pop culture parody : full orchestra : youth orchestra (2011) Commissioned for "Romantic Impressions"
Digital sheet music sample Lux aeterna (multiple choirs with ensemble) (2011) Commissioned for the Gondwana National Choral School, 2011
I dance myself to sleep (2010) Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Composer Program
Digital sheet music sample I dance myself to sleep : full orchestra (2010) Commissioned as part of the Cybec 21st Century Composer Program
Digital sheet music sample The map maker's psalm : soprano with ensemble (2010) Written for "Music and Words 3"

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Love Themes

- Review: MODART05