JOSH WINIBERG is a UK based pianist, composer and producer who specialises in soundtracks.
A relatively late starter on the piano, Josh began teaching himself to play in 2002, aged 14. What he lacked in experience and formal education, he made up for with an insatiable hunger for music. A year later, this drive intensified following the terminal diagnosis of his step father, who gave Josh his keyboard. After chancing upon Ludovico Einaudi on Classic FM, Josh was inspired to compose an album to give to his step-father before he passed away.
Following an intense few months of non-stop work on this project, Josh had composed and released his first solo piano album, ‘Sunrise’, which was released in 2005. Although very rough around the edges, it received positive feedback from pianist-composer superstar Ludovico Einaudi. Praise was also received from SoloPianoRadio.com founder David Nevue, who welcomed Josh onto the Whisperings artist roster. Following this positive reception, Josh was invited to perform his work at the prestigious Ravello Festival, Italy, where he debuted his second piano album, ‘Silent Embrace’.
A year later, Josh received his first commission, composing the soundtrack for the cartoon platform game ‘Mr Smoozles Goes Nutso‘ (by award-winning writer, Steve Ince, of ‘Broken Sword’ and ‘Beneath a Steel Sky’ fame). Josh and Steve are currently collaborating on the upcoming point-and-click game, ‘Crow Girl’.
Upon finishing school, Josh began studying a BA in Music Composition at Dartington College of Arts, where he released his third solo album, Those Nights, which was warmly received by Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com. In 2008, he took part in an ERASMUS exchange program to Berlin, a city he returned to on a long term basis following the completion of his degree. While continuing to compose soundtracks for films, theatre productions and contemporary dance performances, Josh became increasingly inspired by the nightlife in his new home. Within a few months of sampling the Berlin scene, (and true to every cliché about the city), Josh was producing and performing electronic music, blending his classical flair with the hypnotic, German flavour of after-hour techno. Since then, Josh’s productions have been supported by some of the world’s most respected DJs and electronic music magazines including John Digweed, Pig & Dan, Josh Butler, Faze Magazine and DMC Word Magazine.
Returning back to the UK in 2013, Josh was approached by American Film Institute alumnus and long term collaborator Quan Zhou to provide the soundtrack for his next film, Woman in Fragments. This powerful drama went on to be screened at film festivals internationally, including Cannes.
The soundtrack to Woman in Fragments, as well as the narrative themes running throughout the film, formed the basis of a new instrumental album, Change, which was released in 2017. This album was featured by the HDSounDI YouTube channel and has since received over a million streams, as well as being touted as a contender for album of the year by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com.
In 2018, Josh turned his attention to the traditional piano repertoire, taking part in classical festivals and competitions, and winning the 2018 Southend Music Festival piano section with three gold medal performances of Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert. A year later, he gained the DipABRSM performance diploma in piano.
The three years have seen Josh return more extensively to soundtrack writing, scoring three short horror films (‘Off the Hook’, ‘The Woods Near Jacob’s Farm’ and ‘See What She Did’), as well as the powerful drama, ‘Paradise’.
Other notable credits include a commission for the National Lottery’s 20th Anniversary (2014), and a spot on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ directing the Fishwives Choir (2013) alongside Jon Cohen and Phil da Costa (Military Wives Choir). In 2009, hang drum pioneer and YouTube sensation Manu Delago premiered one of Josh’s compositions for hang and string quartet. Music from Josh’s 2008 album, ‘Those Nights’, was used in the BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘A Fishwives Tale‘, by award winning radio production house, Falling Tree.
A book of sheet music from the album Change, published by Editions Musica Ferrum, is scheduled for release in autumn 2021, alongside new electronic works and remixes.
I was lucky enough to be involved on three films screened at this year’s Horror-on-Sea film festival in Southend – the comedy-horror feature film, Manfish, for which I was the dialogue editor and sound mixer, and two psychological-Horror shorts released by Ark Indie Productions over the last couple of years – Off the Hook, and See What She DID (I was composer for these).
Despite coming from Southend, I had never attended this festival, so it was really exciting to take part. I was very impressed by the quality and turnout of the event and it was great to finally meet the cast and crew who I’ve been working with remotely over lockdown.
All films received great feedback, including this lovely write up on See What She DID by the Southend Echo. Thanks to all those who attended and came to support independent film!
The solo piano sheet music of Change has been reviewed by Andrew Eales of Pianodao.com
“For those who enjoy this contemporary musical genre and are seeking fresh discoveries with added technical challenge, this intelligent and superbly crafted collection can be warmly recommended, and without any reservation.”
It was a huge privilege to be invited to take part in Fran Wilson (Cross-Eyed Pianist)’s Meet the Artist series the month. We covered a lot – how I got into music, sources of inspiration, the creative process, pros and cons of collaborative working, things I’ve found difficult, and the future of classical music. You can read the interview here:
A new instrumental techno track of mine, Forever Ago Forever Away, just dropped on SLCTNS latest compilation, My Melantronic Vol 2. I’m really happy with how this one turned out and so excited to share it with you! Available to buy on Beatport and to stream via the usual platforms. Check out the rest of the compilation too, there are some real beauties on there!