Born in Melbourne, Joel Walmsley was raised in a musical family and developed a love for music as a member of the Young Voices of Melbourne Children’s Choir. In his early years, Joel discovered his uncle’s dusty old trumpet and after terrorising the eardrums of the household, it was decided that he would begin lessons at the age of ten. Joel’s love for the trumpet grew quickly and he was particularly influenced by the electric playing of Geoffrey Payne with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The heroic character and versatility of the trumpet inspires Joel in his performances, and he enjoys exploring and highlighting the vocal nature of his instrument. He developed his musicianship in several programs for young musicians including the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Hobart, and the various Australian Youth Orchestra programs. He began performing as a casual musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2015, and has performed solo and with various ensembles in Denmark, Germany, Italy, USA, China and Singapore. He is excited by the collaborative nature of performing in orchestras and working with others to grow as a person and as a musician.
Joel has completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a Masters of Orchestral Performance at The University of Melbourne where he studied with Joel Brennan, Rosie Turner, Shane Hooten and Owen Morris.
In 2021, Joel will begin his first year at ANAM under the tutelage of Yoram Levy and David Elton. This year he will also perform with the Australian Youth Orchestra and participate in AYO’s Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program.