Joel Rust (b. 1989, London) writes music that encompasses kaleidoscopic textures, disintegrating mechanical systems, and a rich harmonic language that draws on spectralism, jazz, and the English pastoral school. He is a PhD candidate at New York University, where he studies composition with Louis Karchin, Jaime Oliver, and Elizabeth Hoffman. His scholarly focus is sound and the city in the early twentieth century. Currently, he is developing an opera, Blue Fire, with poet David Troupes, supported by a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship at Aldeburgh Music.
He has previously studied with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chaya Czernowin at Harvard University, and Robin Holloway at the University of Cambridge. Musicians he has worked with include Yarn|Wire, mise-en, The Hermes Experiment, TAK, the American Composers Orchestra, the Melos Sinfonia, Filthy Lucre, Ensemble Nikel, Mr McFall’s Chamber, and the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Discantus has released his work for six female voices, sunt etenim pennae volucres mihi, on their CD 'Music for a King’, a program of polyphony from the millennium-old Winchester Troper. He also plays bass viol with NYU’s viol consort, The Teares of the Muses.