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Joseph Twist : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Gorilla (film/tv soundtrack) by Joseph Twist, from the CD Dancing with somebody

Photo of Joseph Twist

Photo: George Popov


Born in Australia and now living in the United States, Joe Twist is regarded as one of the most 'in demand' composer/arranger/orchestrators in Australia and abroad, creating music for the likes of Missy Higgins, Guy Sebastian, Kate Miller-Heidke, the Idea of North, Chanticleer and the Wiggles. Straddling both film music and concert music arenas, his music crosses genres ranging ancient vocal music, opera, contemporary orchestral music, jazz, musical theatre and cabaret.

Twist has received wide acclaim for his music for film and television, and his concert works are performed frequently by many professional ensembles around the world, including the Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Gondwana Voices, The Song Company, The Australian Voices, Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Southern Cross Soloists, JACK Quartet, Chanticleer, the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and many others. Credits include original music, arrangements and orchestrations for the Wiggles, (The Wiggles Meet The Orchestra), Dream Gardens (ABC TV), New York Music Theatre Festival (Clinton: The Musical), The Brooklyn Banker (feature film) and Twist's own album Dancing With Somebody. Twist has worked extensively as an arranger and orchestrator for many renowned international artists and ensembles, including singer/songwriters Guy Sebastian, Missy Higgins and Kate Miller-Heidke, as well as jazz and cabaret groups like the Idea of North and Lady Sings it Better, and opera singers David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Twist also currently works in copying and ochestration on major Hollywood studio films in Los Angeles with Steven Juliani Music.

Twist has received numerous awards, including the ASCAP Jimmy Van Heusen Award 2013, the Chanticleer International Composition Competition, and first place in the 15th International Choral Composition Competition 2011. He is the recipient of 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. Twist holds four tertiary degrees in music composition including Doctorate and Master's degrees from the University of Queensland, the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and New York University. Twist has participated in several prestigious film scoring programs around the United States, such as NYU ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in New York and the ASCAP Film and TV Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles.

Joseph Twist — current to July 2017

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist How shall we sing in a strange land...

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Imagine : SATB choir with piano (2016) Commissioned for the SGLC's 'Silver Linings' 25th Anniversary concert
Digital sheet music sample Hear, O Israel (satb choir (unaccompanied) with soloists) (2016) Commissioned by Doug Jones and Janet Walker for the Choir of St James Church, Sydney's European tour, 2016
Ubi Caritas : for SATB divisi a cappella (2015) Commissioned for 'Passion +Resurection' concert, March 2015
Digital sheet music sample Hymn of ancient lands : for SATB (divisi) chorus with soprano solo (2015) Commissioned by Musica Viva and Mary and Paul Pollard for The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, UK
Digital sheet music sample Harmony of dreams : SATB choir (2014) Commissioned by the Melbourne Recital Centre and Jonathan Welsh, in celebration of the Centre's 5th birthday
Digital sheet music sample Pop culture parody : full orchestra : youth orchestra (2011) Commissioned for "Romantic Impressions"

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Love Themes

- Review: MODART05