Joseph Howard (b. 1993) is a London-based composer originally from North Yorkshire. He writes music for a variety of contexts, including new music for classical instruments and voices; works for electronics and live instruments; and music for film. His work has been performed across the UK and internationally.
Recent highlights have included the premiere of Helsinki Dances at the Musikverein, Vienna, which was the winner of the Moonlight Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition; the premiere of A Balloon Flight at Kings Place, performed by soprano Helen Semple and soloists from the London Mozart Players, which was commissioned by the London Arts Society to commemorate their 50th Anniversary; and the premiere of Building a House for solo celeste, commissioned by Listenpony and performed by Joseph Havlat.
In 2018, his piano concertante Drift was premiered by soloist George Fu and the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble — Joseph’s second work for that ensemble following the 2016 piece Fever, which was conducted by Oliver Knussen. Joseph attended the 2017-18 Britten-Pears Composition Course, where he wrote the chamber ensemble piece Painkiller which was subsequently performed at the Aldeburgh Festival. Previously, Movement (for Wind Ensemble) was premiered in Stockholm by the Blåsarsymfonikerna, and subsequently conducted by Pascal Tortelier at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2016 he participated in the prestigious ‘Creative Dialogue’ course in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has also had pieces performed at Cheltenham Festival, Bath International Music Festival, Ryedale Festival and York Late Music Festival. He was the 2013 winner of the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composers Competition.
Joseph studied as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham before completing a masters course at The Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction. His studies were supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the RVW Trust, the Howard Hartog Scholarship and the Charles Lucas Memorial Fund Award. He was the Manson Fellow of Composition 2016-17 at the Royal Academy, where he is currently working towards a PhD under the tutelage of Philip Cashian. He was the 2018 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company.