Joseph Turrin

Joseph Turrin’s work encompasses many varied forms, including film, theater, opera, orchestral, chamber, jazz, electronic, and dance. Several of his films and recording projects have been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards. His works have been recorded on; RCA, EMI, Teldec, Naxos, Summit, Klavier, Cala, Albany, and Crystal.

Turrin has scored feature films for Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, Cannon Films, De Laurentis Entertainment Group (DEG), Kino International Films, and WNET/Channel 13 in NY and has worked with directors and actors including Alan Alda, Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Rod Steiger, Nick Nolte, Ann-Margret, Ronald Maxwell, and others.

Not only a recipient of several commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Carnegie Hall and Live from Lincoln Center, his works have been championed by Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Wynton Marsalis, Beverly Sills, and the Canadian Brass. He has written works for Ann-Sophia Mutter, Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, The United States Marine Band (The Presidents Own), US Air Force Band, West Point Military Academy, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Festival Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Notre Dame University, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Eastman Wind Ensemble, New Mexico Symphony, and others. He has also collaborated on several theater/opera works with Broadway legend George Abbott, Bernard Stambler, and Frank Casaro. His conducting credits include the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and on Broadway at the Booth and Lyceum Theaters in New York.

He has received awards and grants from the National Endowment on the Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Opera Association, ASCAP, several fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, National Band Association, Col. Gabriel Award from the US Air Force Band. His major publishers include Edition Peters, Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser, Schott Music, and Alfred Music. He has authored a textbook, Music in Film, published by Cognella Press in the Spring 2017.  

Turrin studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary degree from the Eastman School and the University of Rochester. He is currently on the faculty of the Hartt School, Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Kean University.