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By Jerry Huynh

for Film and TV


Joy Ngiaw is Malaysian composer for film and TV. Her score for Apple TV+ and Skydance's debut animation Blush received numerous accolades, including Best Music from Hollywood Music in Media and an Annie nomination in 2021. She also had the esteemed honor of scoring Skydance Animation's inaugural studio logo, making history as the youngest composer to achieve this significant accomplishment. Joy's recent projects also include Netflix/CBS's TV show Glamorous, Walt Disney Animation Studio's Short Circuit: Jing Hua, and Netflix's Rescued by Ruby.


Her talent has been recognized with a nomination for the highly regarded Emerging Talent award by the Society of Composers and Lyricists, establishing her as a distinguished voice among the new generation of film composers.


She had contributed to a wide variety of critically acclaimed works including TV shows Legion (FX), Cobra Kai (Netflix), The Night Of (HBO), films Impractical Jokers: The Movie (WarnerMedia), On The 12th Date of Christmas (Hallmark), and video games What Remains of Edith Finch.

Graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, Joy possesses a deep affinity for narratives that evoke nostalgia and forge meaningful connections. Through her emotionally-driven compositions, she strives to bridge thought-provoking perspectives and contribute to culturally significant content that celebrates diversity. Currently based in Los Angeles, Joy is proudly represented by the esteemed William Morris Endeavor agency.



Jerry Huynh
director of Disney's
"Jing Hua"

Joy was the collaborator of my dreams and understood the project from the get go and then went even further to understand me and it even more. She went beyond what I could have possibly imagined and created music that elevates the project from an emotional experiment to something else entirely different. Her professionalism, her support, and her musical prowess are amazing to behold and I am lucky to have worked with her.  

Bruce Wright
director of Disney's
"A Kite's Tale"

In an animated short, especially one without dialog, the music must be the voice of the characters. Every moment of emotional clarity relies greatly on the score. Joy understands how to create that beating heart of the film through her music. She brought her skill to this project with the utmost professionalism, and was a true creative partner. Joy's music carries the emotions of our film aloft and gives the characters voice. We are grateful for her collaboration.

Matthew Gratzner
director of "Mutiny!"

Joy’s score not only complimented the picture, but elevated every moment magnificently.  Joy's writing and her intricately layered orchestrations blew me away every time she sent me a new cue.  I am truly fortunate to have had such an immensely talented collaborator, who understood the tone and feel of every scene.  To say that I was thrilled to what Joy brought to my film creatively, would be an understatement.  

Nuha Hassan
flipscreened review of

The music captures this emotional vulnerability in the space of a narrative that explores grief and how difficult it can be for people who have lost loved ones. A story that is filled with grief and loss about losing someone, is meant to bring catharsis to this level of pain. From falling in love to grieving the loss of Blush and letting her go, Ngiaw evokes a wide range of emotions through the score.

Jamie Lang
Variety review of
"Jing Hua"

(Ngiaw's) sweeping score and ambitious action shots tore at the audiences heart strings with no need for dialogue as, the woman in the film uses martial arts to battle intense feelings of loss and grief reflecting Huynh’s (director) own.



Annie Award 2022 - Nominee

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television/Media Production


Society of Composers and Lyricists 2022 - Nominee

David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent

Music + Sound Awards, International 2022 - Winner

Best Original Composition in a Short Film

Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2021- Winner

Best Original Score - Short Film (Animated)

London International Film Festival 2022 - Winner

Best Original Score


Asians On Film Festival 2019 - Winner

Best Original Score

Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival  - Nominee

Best Musical Score

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