Born in Malaysia and raised in China, Joy Ngiaw is an Annie Nominated composer for film and tv. She composed for Apple TV+ and Skydance's debut animation Blush, for which she had won Best Score for 2021 Hollywood Music in Media award. Other recent scores include Walt Disney Animation Studio's Short Circuit: Jing Hua, and Netflix's Rescued By Ruby. Nominated for the prestigious Emerging Talent award by the Society of Composers and Lyricists, Joy is rapidly becoming a distinguished voice among a 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.
A summa cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, Joy is drawn to stories that invoke nostalgia and meaningful connections. Her emotional composition approach aims to bridge thought-provoking perspectives, and contribute towards culturally relevant content that celebrates diversity. She is currently residing in Los Angeles, and represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.
director of Disney's
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.
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.
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.
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.
Variety review of
(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.