Spending his childhood in Luxembourg and Germany, Finnish composer Joel Järventausta (b. 1995) is currently studying towards a PhD in Composition under the supervision of Prof. Silvina Milstein and 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 Unsuk Chin, Colin Matthews, Michael Gandolfi and Oliver Knussen.

Joel has recently finished Sunfall for the London Symphony Orchestra to be premiered by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2020/21 at the Barbican, London, following the Panufnik Scheme 2018. Other recent commissions include Pilgrim for Philharmonia Orchestra, with the support of the Royal Philharmonic Society; Songs of Empty Landscapes for Uusinta Ensemble, with the support of Teosto; and On Blue for Kreutzer Quartet, with the support of the Sibelius Foundation.

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. Following this, a 30-mintue Composer Portrait of Joel was broadcast on France Musique.

2018 saw the premiere Massahumu (co-written with four other Finnish composers) by the Finnish National Opera orchestra and chorus, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The piece was commissioned for Salonen’s 60th birthday concert, opening Juhlaviikot (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 of Tumma at Aldeburgh Festival 2018. Joel also received the Nicola LeFanu Composition Prize 2016 at the University of York.

His works so far have been performed various venues and festivals in UK, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Bulgaria, Canada and USA. In 2016, Joel was granted a membership as one the youngest ever members of the Society of Finnish Composers (Suomen Säveltäjät ry).

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Photo by © Anniina Järventausta