Joachim Horsley is a composer, pianist, and arranger. He creates original music for film and TV, and specializes in combining classical music and Afro-Caribbean rhythms in his VIA HAVANA album and video series. His much anticipated follow-up to album, with "Moonlight Mozambique" and many other tracks will be released later this year.


His VIA HAVANA videos have been viewed millions of times online garnering him international attention. In 2018 he performed to full houses with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and with his ensemble at the Folies Bergère in Paris, France.

He recently composed the original score for the Disney animated series “Big City Greens,” and the 2018 feature films “2307: Winter’s Dream” and “Guys Reading Poems” (starring Patricia Velasquez). Other recent projects include arranging for Michael Bublé, John Legend's “All of Me” tour, and orchestrating Ben Folds' Piano Concerto. Working with composer Anton Sanko, Horsley orchestrated and conducted the score for the films "Ouija," "The Possession," and "Rabbit Hole" (starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart), as well as the TV series "Great Migrations," which aired on the National Geographic Channel and won a News and Documentary Emmy® for music and sound. He has created the scores for over 50 film and television projects. 

From Le Figaro in France  Text Box: From his German origins, Joachim Horsley has retained a taste for classical music. In Los Angeles where he grew up - his mother had married an American - the young musician was immersed in this typically American transversality. Los Angeles, his city, pushed Joachim Horsley towards a career as a composer and arranger for cinema and TV series.
Havana, where he stayed in 2015, inspired him to take another path. There, he came up with the idea of ​​revisiting the great classics in local colours. His first experiment was on Beethoven's seventh, from which he adapted the famous rumba-style melody. Immediate success: on the Net, the piece collects several million views. Joachim does not intend to stop there and decides to deploy the idea on an entire album: Via Havana . He takes up some of the most famous pieces of classical music: Mozart's 40th , Smetana's Moldau, Camille Saint - Saëns ' Danse Macabre , the New World Symphonyby Dvorak. One rumba style, the other in a more Haitian style, the third closer to African rhythms...
Of course, others have tried this kind of exercise before him, and without his immense skill, the result could very well have been insipid and uninteresting. However, the disc is masterful. Joachim, not content with transforming these melodies, also adapts them to percussion, when it's not on the piano itself that his percussionist acolytes strike! After his concert at the Café de la danse, which gave his album the label, we met him at the Cortot Foundation in Paris, the last private music school where nearly 800 students are trained each year.
Joachim, seated behind a steinway, gives us an impressive demonstration. Very friendly and available, he never tires of explaining his work of recomposition which fascinates him. Before leaving, he takes a look at the superb art deco concert hall: maybe one day he will play in this temple of great music. As if to prove that music can go through time and be of its time without being overused.

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Never thought you’d find yourself dancing along to Beethoven? This performance will have you toe-tapping in no time.  Award-winning composer, orchestrator and talented performer Joachim Horsley has stunned us with his sunny arrangement Beethoven in Havana. 

                                                                     Amy MacKenzei, Classical FM (2019)

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