“Be blessed Joey...
Your piece is very beautiful
as well as your playing.”
– Sergei Golovko
Joey Eng is a freelance percussionist and composer based in Perth, Western Australia.
He is an avid and passionate musician who seeks to create music that is both beautiful
As a soloist, Joey was a semi-finalist in the 2020 WAAPA Warana Concerto
Competition, a semi-finalist in the inaugural 2019 Marimbafest solo marimba
competition and was a performer for the 23rd Performing Arts Perspectives in 2019. A
multi-skilled percussionist and collaborator, Joey has performed in many orchestras
across Australia including the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra
NMC, WAAPA Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Youth Orchestra and the West
Coast Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber percussionist, Joey regularly performs with
the multi-award winning Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble and has projects in the
works with Subito Percussion, of which he is a founding member. Highlights include the
performance of Steve Reich’s ‘Drumming’ with Defying Gravity in 2019.
As a composer, Joey was a semi-finalist in the 2020 WAAPA Symphony Orchestra
Composition Competition and has had multiple new works premiered by the Defying
Gravity Percussion Ensemble. Joey also regularly premieres new orchestral works and
solo and chamber percussion pieces through his Youtube channel, of which his
percussion pieces have been played by different percussionists around the world. As a
composer-performer, Joey was part of the four composers who wrote and performed the
music for the 2019 play ‘The Hope Fault;’ a world premiere of a new piece of Australian
theatre. Joey is also an adept arranger, as his arrangements of contemporary songs have
been played by the Perth Symphony Orchestra, the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and
the Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble.
Joey is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) at the West
Australian Academy of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Tim White. Previous
teachers include Joel Bass, James Chong and Neville Talbot, and Joey has received
mentorship from world-renowned percussionists such as Ludwig Albert, Michael Askill,
Robert Cossom, Fiona Digney, Wei-Chen Lin, Rodrigo Marques, Robert Oetomo, Kana
Omori, and Lynn Vartan.