JoelKK is an emerging composer who has had works performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. As a young musician he completed high level exams from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in both piano perfomance and theory, and received a merit recognition in music composition in the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts, the YoungArts Awards.
JoelKK has studied music in the United States as well as abroad at the University of Auckland, where he studied Electro-Acoustic composition with John Coulter, and was selected as the winner of the University's Douglas Lilburn Prize Competition electronic category, for his piece "Thirty." In the United States, he has studied piano with Ann Taylor and Suzanne Knosp and composition with Daniel Eichenbaum, Daniel Coleman, and Daniel Asia, producing works in the Electro-Acoustic medium, as well as for solo piano, chamber ensembles, and full symphony orchestra.
Fluent in a wide variety of compositional genres and techniques, he has written music for numerous feature and short length films, ranging from historical and war dramas, action/suspense thrillers, comedies, documentaries, trailers, and animations, multiple of which have gone on to the festival circuit.
JoelKK graduated from the University of Southern California's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program after studying with Jack Smalley, Bruce Broughton, Eric Schmidt, Chris Young, Frederik Wiedmann, and Jon Burlingame. He was also a selected participant in the 2010 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis.