Originally from Buckinghamshire; Joe Galuszka is an emerging British composer, conductor and instrumentalist with a brass band background. Inspired by listening to his grandfather play the organ from a young age, Joe entered the world of music during school learning the trumpet, whilst also teaching himself piano.
Upon leaving school, Joe went on to enrol at Canterbury Christ Church University where he gained a 2:1 in music. Under renowned tubists Steve Wassell, Oren Marshall and Lee Tsarmaklis, Joe would perform regularly in the university symphony, wind and scratch orchestras, and see one of his works performed by the String Orchestra. In his final year, Joe formed and led the University Brass Ensemble, composing and arranging music for graduation ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral.
Returning to education in 2017, Joe later enrolled at the University of Bristol to study his MA in Composition in Music for Film and Television, studying under eminent composers for television, Martin Kiszko and William Goodchild. Joe is currently studying with the composer for the BAFTA-award winning Netflix series 'The Crown', Martin Phipps.
As an instrumentalist, Joe freelances across the south-west of England; having performed with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra and the Flowers Band in Gloucester. He is a tutor and mentor with the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain.
Residing in the South West of England, Joe has written a number of works for chamber ensemble, brass band, independent short films and documentaries. His score for ‘Firekeepers of Kakadu’ won the London Independent Film Awards in October 2020, whilst his tuba quartet ‘Pandemic’ claimed 1st Prize in the International Composition Competition ran by When Tuba Come One.
In 2021, Joe is set to release his first work for string octet 'Auschwitz', as well as a new commission, 'Centenary', in partnership with Arts Council England, and commissioned by the Longwell Green Orchestra.