Short biography

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 Sir Prof. George Benjamin at King’s College London, supported by the Arts & Humanities Scholarship. Joel is an alumni of Royal College of Music and University of York, as well as an Erasmus-alumni of Sibelius Academy.

In February 2019, Joel received 1st Prize in the 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. Recently, ‘Massahumu’ (co-written with four other Finnish composers) received its premiere by the Finnish National Opera orchestra and chorus, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. 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. 

Joel is the the youngest member of the Society of Finnish Composers and his works so far have been performed at various venues and festivals in UK, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Bulgaria and USA.


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Photo by © Anniina Järventausta