Hyung-ki Joo’s initial wish to become a musician was born out of a desire to compose. Today, musicians and orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Chicago Symphony perform his compositions and arrangements worldwide, often with Joo as soloist or conductor.
His teachers have included Simon Parkin and Malcolm Singer for composition and improvisation, harmony with Peter Norris, counterpoint with Joel Feigin, and theory with Nils Vigeland.
Hyung-ki Joo has collaborated with Academy®Award-winning composer, Vangelis, and was chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Joel, to arrange and record Joel’s solo piano works on his last album to date, Fantasies and Delusions. He also regularly co-writes with his Igudesman & Joo duo partner, Aleksey Igudesman, and together they have been commissioned to write works for orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dusseldorf Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Zurich Tonhalle.
“The beauty of his writing emerges with ingenious subtlety, as he knows full well that you need to seduce listeners with charm before devastating them with emotion.” – Hans Zimmer
“The range of Joo’s concept of romanticism is boundless. I believe the “decorative” romanticism inherent to the music of Hyung-ki Joo will find its way to the devoted hearts of music fans.” – Giya Kancheli
“Hyung-ki Joo for me is a positive composer full of energy, humour and subtleness. The way that he occasionally puts together different areas of music is functioning perfectly and thus he creates a very fresh feeling- something that we definitely need these days.” – Vangelis
“A heartbreaking sketch on the edge of silence, which we owe to Hyung-ki Joo”- DIAPASON 2014 (on Chandeliers)
“Memorable little gem” – STRINGENDO MAGAZINE (on Lullaby for Leo)
“an attractive piece, very well imagined” – Musical Opinion March 2006 (on The Aleksey Revolution)
“It is one thing to work up a gag based on a disruptive cell phone. It is quite another to take the all-too-familiar ring tone from that phone and weave a new composition around it that could almost pass for a recently discovered manuscript by Gabriel Fauré.” – Examiner.com (on Moment MusiCALL)