Joe Cutler’s music has been described as “propulsive” (BBC Music Magazine), “alluring” (Scotsman), “neurotic” (Re-Diffusion) and “the best thing to come out of Neasden since Twiggy” (Gramophone). To date, he has composed over sixty works, and these have have been performed or broadcast in over 40 countries and on 6 continents including performances at festivals/venues such as Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon (New York), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Opera City (Tokyo), Musik Monat (Basle) and the BBC Proms.
Born in London in 1968, he initially studied composition at the Universities of Huddersfield and Durham. In 1993 he was awarded a Polish Government Scholarship and spent three years studying at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since the late 1990s he has spent a considerable amount of time in the Netherlands, working with such groups and performers as Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Harry Sparnaay, Annelie de Man and Tomoko Mukaiyama, whilst in the UK he has worked particularly closely with groups such as the Schubert Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, and Noszferatu (an ensemble which he co-directs).
In recent year he has also written a number of orchestral pieces and has worked recently with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.
He has also produced a considerable body of chamber music, and his saxophone quartet, Screaming 229a, is one of the most performed recent works in this medium having received in excess of a hundred performances to date.
He has worked both in the concert hall and outside, collaborating with visual artists such as Tom Dale, Jaap Drupsteen and Gary Ward and has written music for the National Theatre, London. Since 2000 he has taught at Birmingham Conservatoire where he is currently Head of Composition.
In June 2008 a portrait CD of his works was released on NMC and was one of Gramophone Magazine’s Top 20 Releases of the Year. He also won the 2008 British Composer Award in the chamber music category for Folk Music, commissioned by the Smith Quartet.
Joe was awarded one of twenty composers to receive a New Music 20x12 commission, to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, resulting in ‘Ping!’ for string quartet and table tennis players, with film by artist Tom Dale.