Joe Cutler’s music has been described as ‘propulsive’ (BBC Music Magazine), ‘alluring’ (Scotsman), ‘neurotic’(Re-Diffusion) and ‘the best thing to come out of Neasden since Twiggy’ (Gramophone).
With collaborators ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra to Evan Parker and Orkest de Ereprijs to Vince Mendoza, his music has been performed in over 40 countries and on six continents including at festivals and venues such as Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon (New York), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam and Utrecht), Opera City (Tokyo), Musik Monat (Basle), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Beijing Modern Music Festival, London Jazz Festival and the BBC Proms.
In 2008 a portrait album entitled Bartlebooth was released on NMC and was one of Gramophone Magazine’s Top 20 Releases of the Year. This was followed in 2014 by Boogie Nights released on Birmingham Record Company.
In 2008 he was awarded the British Composer Award in the chamber music category for Folk Music, written for the Smith Quartet, whilst in 2016 he received the British Composer Award in the jazz category for Karembeu’s Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder, a commission from Emulsion Sinfonietta. In 2016 he received an award from the PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund to support the composition of Elsewhereness for symphony orchestra.
Since 2000 he has been a founder member of the collective Noszferatu, and since 2005 he has been Head of Composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
His music is published by Chester Music and Composers Edition