Dr Joe Cutler

Dr Joe Cutler

Head of Composition

BA (Hons)

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Tel: 0121 331 5926

Dr Joe Cutler studied music at Huddersfield and Durham Universities before spending three years studying at the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw on a Polish Government Scholarship. In 2002 he was an Arts Council Fellow at the Foundazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy.

His music, which has been performed and broadcast in more than thirty countries worldwide, ranges from orchestra works to solo pieces and he has written for a number of unconventionally scored performance groups such as Ensemble de Ereprijs, and Orkest de Volharding from Holland.

He has worked extensively with practitioners from other art forms including visual artists, filmmakers, choreographers and theatre directors. Such projects include the incidental music for Charlotte Jones’ award-winning play Humble Boy at the National Theatre. London which transferred to London’s West End, Off-Broadway (New York) and toured in the UK.

Awards include a special mention at the 1997 Gaudeamus International Music Week in Amsterdam and second prize in the 2000 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Tokyo and winner of the 2005 SCO/SwCO International Composers’ Competition.

Research & Teaching Specialisms
  • Composition
  • Inter-disciplinary collaborative projects

Current Projects
  • Commissions for 2005/6 from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (premiere November 2005), Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras (premiere March 2006), London Symphony Orchestra (premiere summer 2006) and the London Strings (premiere December 2006).

Publications & other public output
All scores published through BMIC Contemporary Voices.
Commissions from BBC Radio 3, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Evelyn Glennie, Sarah Leonard, London Strings, COMA (Contemporary Music for Amateurs), Birmingham Conservatoire Millennium Commission, City of Apeldoorn (NL), De Suite Music Week (Amsterdam), Semley Festival, Sounds New Canturbury, Schubert Ensemble of London, Ixion, [rout], Royal National Theatre, Polish Television.

Performers have included the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, The London Strings, London Sinfonietta, Orkest de Volharding, Icebreaker, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, City of London Sinfonia, Lontano, Delta and Quasar Saxophone Quartets, Ensemble Expose, Ensemble Courage, Riga and PRISM Saxophone Quartets, Okeanos, The Schubert Ensemble, Bradyworks, Psappha, Sarah Leonard, Tomoko Mukaiyama, Harry Sparnaay and Annelie de Man, Frederic Rzewski, Rolf Hind, Darragh Morgan, Isabel Ettenauer, Alain Trudel and Noszferatu (a collective he co-founded in 2000).
Highlights of 2004-2005 included
Jack the Diamond’s Jamming Station performed by Icebreaker and Orkest de Volharding at London Jazz Festival, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Brighton Dome, Warwick Arts Centre, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Paradiso (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), Vrendenburg Hall (Utrecht) and in Enschede and Arnhem. Broadcast twice on BBC Radio 3 and once on Netherlands Radio.

Awakenings performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Porcelijn at BBC Maida Vale and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC (Australia), CBC (Canada), Latvian Radio, Czech Radio and Polish Radio. Represented the BBC at the UNESCO International Rostrum of composers.

The Dubious Concoctions of Dr Tillystron performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Vince Mendoza in Edinburgh/Glasgow and by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in Orebro, Sweden.

US Tour of Screaming 229a by PRISM Saxophone Quartet with performances at Symphony Space (New York), Philadelphia and all over USA.

European and US Tour of Screaming 229a by Riga Saxophone Quartet with performances in Warsaw, Riga, Zagreb, Paris, California, St Paul (Minnesota).

Premiere of Music for Cello for Strings at St Johns Smith Square, London with Robin Michael (cello) and the London Strings/Richard Llewellyn (cond).

Premiere of Macedona at Spitalfields Festival with Darragh Morgan (violin) and COMA London Ensemble/Gregory Rose (cond).

Bartlebooth performed by Mark van der Wiel (cl), Robin Michael (vcl) and Sarh Nicolls (pf) at the 2005 Klara Festival at the Palace de Beaux Artes, Brussels and broadcast on Belgian Radio.

Five pieces performed during the 2005 BMIC Cutting Edge Series at the Warehouse, London with a number also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Performances of In Praise of Dreams at the Royal Palace, Warsaw with Sarah Leonard (sop) and Sarah Nicolls (pf).

German Premiere of Visions of a Floating World at the 2005 Dresden New Music Days performed by Ensemble Courage/Titus Engel (cond).

Performances of Buckley’s Hot Licks by Dutch pianist Marcel Worms at the Aveiro Festival (Portugal), Sendesaal (Cologne) and broadcast on WDR Radio.

New arrangement of Five Mobile after Alexander Calder performed by Bradyworks at a BBC Invitation Concert at Maida Vale (broadcast on BBC Radio 3) and in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec.

Featured composer at the 2004 Durban Contemporary Music Day, South Africa in conjunction with SABC.

Composer-in-Residence at 2005 COMA Summer School (many works performed).

A featured composer at 2004 and 2005 Soundings Festivals organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.
CD Recordings include
Without Fear of Vertigo on NMC’s State of the Nation CD performed by the London Sinfonietta/Pierre-Andre Valade

Jiggadybox on NMC’s Bright Future CD performed by the Schubert Ensemble.

(re)Gaia on NMC’s Opera CD performed by Darragh Morgan (forthcoming).