ABOUT ME

Joey Eng is a freelance percussionist and composer based in Perth, Western Australia.

As a soloist, Joey was a semi-finalist in the 2020 WAAPA Warana Concerto Competition, a finalist in both the inaugural 2019 Marimbafest solo marimba competition and 2021 Marimbafest solo marimba competition, which he placed 2nd. A multi-skilled percussionist and collaborator, Joey has performed with many orchestras across Australia including the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth 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 the RELiSH Ensemble, which has won numerous awards. Highlights include the performance of Steve Reich’s ‘Drumming’ with Defying Gravity in 2019.

As a composer, Joey was a finalist in both the 2020 and 2021 WAAPA Symphony Orchestra Composition Competitions and has had multiple new works premiered by the Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble. Joey also regularly premieres new orchestral works, 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 has scored and performed in live theatre productions, such as Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘The Hope Fault’. 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 Western 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. Joey is a recipient of an ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement.

Joey is a Marimba One Discovery Artist (USA).