photo RA Friedman

photo RA Friedman

Joseph Hallman


Joseph Hallman is a prolific young composer based in Philadelphia who works with some of today’s most talented musicians and artists. Known for his generosity of collaboration and joy for composing, he is quickly becoming a recognized name on concert programs both nationally and internationally. NPR named Hallman one of the Top Composers under 40, several Philadelphia magazines and newspapers have cited him as Best Musician.

Hallman’s series of chamber concertos were composed for members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Akin to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Hindemith’s Kammermusik, these pieces have won acclaim for their wit and strength.

In one of his most prominent collaborations, Hallman composed multiple concertos and chamber and solo works for the internationally acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein, winner of a 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Hallman’s work with poets, in particular Jessica Hornik, has inspired strong relationships and beautiful works for voices and chamber ensembles. The Inscape Chamber Music Project, on the Sono Luminos label, recorded and released Three Poems of Jessica Hornik and imagined landscapes: six Lovecraftian elsewheres, which was nominated for a Grammy award.

He composed Suite for Boombox and Piano for Kathy Supové, who premiered the Suite at the Tribeca Music Festival.  His Aphorisms was written for dramatic pianist Anthony DeMare. Cultivating his special love for chamber music, Hallman has worked with the Avian Ensemble, Chamber Music Now, Network for New Music, Dolce Suono and several chamber groups.

Hallman currently teaches Composition at Drexel University.  He is the composer-in-residence of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival and has served in similar roles at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, The Traverse Arts Project and the Strings Music Festival.