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.

His music is published by Universal Edition and Modern Works.


“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.” – (on Moment MusiCALL)


Chandeliers - a Sonnet for Piano

Recorded by Shani Diluka (MIRARE/HARMONIA MUNDI)
Sheet Music here
Sheet Music also available for piano and orchestra here
Listen Version for Piano and Orchestra with Composer at the piano.

Lullaby for Leo

Sheet Music here
Also available for Piano Solo
Listen Version for Violin and Piano – with the Composer at the piano.

Lina's Waltz

Listen Version for piano Trio – Performed by the Ahn Trio on their album Blue.

Video coming soon


You Just Have to Laugh

as featured on the CD You Just Have to Laugh (Music by Hyung-ki Joo. Lyrics by David Bronner, David Malin, and Hyung-ki Joo)

You Just Have to Laugh version for orchestra also available

My Perfect Man

(Adapted for Igudesman & Joo)

More Songs
-My Perfect Man (original version)
-Mexican Kitchen
All songs published by Modern Works


Mad For Seven

Mad For Seven- music composed by Hyung-ki Joo To hear and find out more about this unique and sensational group of musicians, Trio KlaViS- go to


Desire, a composition by Hyung-ki Joo, performed here by Thomas Gansch and the composer.

The Soldier's Septet

commissioned by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (A companion piece to Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale for the same musicians) [Vln+.,Cb.,Cl.,Bsn.,Tpt.,Trb.,Percussion]