Joel Järventausta (b. 1995) is a Finnish composer currently completing a Masters in Composition, as a Charles Stewart Richardson Scholar supported by Joseph Clover Scholarship, at the Royal College of Music in London. He holds a BA in Music with 1st class honours from the University of York and was awarded the Nicola LeFanu Composition Prize 2016 by the Department of Music. Currently Joel is on a 4-month Erasmus exchange at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, studying under Veli-Matti Puumala. In London, Joel studies with Dr. Dai Fujikura. In the past he has studied under Dr. Martin Suckling, Prof. Roger Marsh and Dr. John Stringer, also receiving tuition from Dr. Gilbert Nouno, Colin Matthews, Michael Gandolfi and Oliver Knussen.
Recent achievements include Cantus for orchestra winning the RCM Concerto Competition leading to a performance by the RCM Philharmonic under the baton of Martin André in June 2017. Joel was also chosen as a participant in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Composition Course 2017 and had his vocal work frozen place selected for performance by Juice Vocal Ensemble in their Snow Queens Call for Scores 2016.
Previously, Racing thoughts for cello solo was awarded 2nd Prize in the London Ear Festival Composer’s Competition 2016 and in 2015, Joel’s first orchestral piece ‘stony mountains to rise’ was chosen as a finalist in the PARMA Student Composer’s Competition and was published by PARMA Recordings in New Hampshire (USA). He also received the 2015 Chimera Undergraduate Commission at the University of York.
His works have been performed by the Ulysses Network Ensemble & Jonathan Berman, RCM Philharmonic & Martin André, Chimera Ensemble, Juice Vocal Ensemble, La Tache Ensemble, CoMA Singers, cellist Rohan de Saram, flautist Simon Desorgher, cellist Jari Piper, pianist Laura Farré Rozada and the Red Note Ensemble. His works so far have been performed in UK and Alaska, USA.
A selection of Joel’s works are published by Berlin-based publishing house Verlag Neue Musik. Joel was recently granted a membership as one the youngest ever members of the the Society of Finnish Composers (Suomen Säveltäjät ry).
As a conductor Joel has worked with the Chimera Ensemble, conducting the UK premiere of Ana Sokolovic‘ Ciaccona, the UK premiere of Jean-Luc Fafchamps‘ S2 (Thà’) (Ryegrass), Fausto Romitelli‘s Flowing Down too Slow and Patrick Jones‘ Unfurl. He has also conducted several student works with the ensemble.