Born in Australia and now living in the United States, composer/arranger Joe Twist is a versatile and eclectic musician who has arranged music for the likes of Guy Sebastian, Missy Higgins, 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-Heideke, 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 has received numerous awards, including the 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 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 masters 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.