Joel Järventausta (b. 1995) is a Finnish composer studying towards a PhD in Composition under the supervision of Sir Prof. George Benjamin at King’s College London, supported by the Arts & Humanities Scholarship. Joel holds a Masters in Composition with 1st class Distinction from the Royal College of Music where he was a fully supported Scholar. He also holds a BA in Music with 1st class honours from the University of York. Joel has completed an Erasmus exchange at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, studying under Prof. Veli-Matti Puumala. In the past he has studied under Dr. Dai FujikuraDr. Martin Suckling also receiving tuition from Dr. Gilbert NounoColin Matthews, Michael Gandolfi and Oliver Knussen.

In February 2019, Joel received 1st Prize in the 7th Edition of Île de Créations Composition Competition, with his piece Ripped Tapestry, which was subsequently performed several times by Orchestre national d’Île de France, conducted by Antony Hermus, including once at Philharmonie de Paris. Joel is currently writing a new 10-minute commission for the London Symphony Orchestra to be premiered in 2020/21 at the Barbican, London, following the Panufnik Scheme 2018. Recently, Massahumu (co-written with four other Finnish composers) received it’s premiere by the Finnish National Opera orchestra and chorus, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The piece was commissioned for Salonen’s 60th birthday concert, opening the Helsinki Festival.

Previously, Stonewalls for chamber orchestra was premiered by Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Lars Vogt and it was subsequently awarded 3rd prize in their 2017 Composition Competition. Cantus for orchestra received its premiere by the RCM Philharmonic under the baton of Martin André, as the winner of the RCM Concerto Competition. Cantus also received second performance by Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra conducted by Kjell Seim at UNM Festival 2018. at Grieghallen in Bergen (Norway). Joel participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Composition Course 2017 which culminated into a performance at Aldeburgh Festival 2018Racing 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 and the 2016 Nicola LeFanu Composition Prize at the University of York.

His works have been performed Ulysses Network Ensemble & Jonathan Berman, Zafraan Ensemble, violinist Peter Sheppard SkærvedChimera EnsembleJuice Vocal EnsembleCoMA Singers, cellist Rohan de Saram, flautist Simon Desorgher, pianist Laura Farré Rozada and the Red Note Ensemble. His works so far have been performed in UK, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Bulgaria and USA.

A selection of Joel’s works are published by Berlin-based publishing house Verlag Neue Musik. In 2016, Joel was granted a membership as one the youngest ever members of the Society of Finnish Composers (Suomen Säveltäjät ry).