Born in Australia and now living in the United States, Joe Twist is one of the most ‘in demand’ composer/arranger/orchestrators in Australia and abroad. Straddling 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, including the successful children’s animated series Bluey for BBC/ABC, The Wiggles Meet The Orchestra, Dream Gardens and the feature film The Brooklyn Banker. He has worked extensively as an arranger and orchestrator for many renowned international artists and ensembles, including singer/songwriters Moby, Guy Sebastian, Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heideke, bands like Eskimo Joe and The Wiggles, jazz and cabaret artists like Sally Cameron, The Idea of North and Lady Sings it Better, and opera singers David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. His orchestrations have been performed and recorded by the world’s greatest orchestras, including collaborations with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Colorado Symphony, The Hollywood Scoring Orchestra and all major Symphony Orchestras in Australia. Twist continues to work as an orchestrator for major Hollywood studio films in Los Angeles. Credits include Ugly Dolls (2019), John Shaft (2019), Leaving Neverland (2018), The Happy Time Murders (2018), Baywatch (2017) and CLINTON, The Musical (New York Music Theater Festival, 2014). His work appears on numerous commercial recordings including Twist’s own album Dancing With Somebody.
Twist has received numerous awards, including the ASCAP 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 of 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.