Joy Ngiaw is a Chinese-Malaysian film composer based in Los Angeles, CA. She composed for Apple TV+ and Skydance's debut animation Blush, for which she received an Annie nomination in 2022, and won the 'Best Score for an Animated Short' award at the 2021 Hollywood Music in Media awards. Other recent scores include Walt Disney Animation Studios' Jing Hua, and Netflix's June and Kopi. Joy is also nominated for the prestigious 'David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent' by Society of Composers and Lyricists in 2022.


She had also 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’s Film Scoring and Video Game Scoring diploma, Joy was one of the few composers selected to participate in the SESAC SCORES workshop under the direction of Christophe Beck (Frozen, Ant-Man), Chris Bacon (Men In Black: International) and John Swihart (Napoleon Dynamite).

Joy's love for storytelling, and connecting with people has lead her to film scoring. Her goal as an artist is to help contribute to meaningful and culturally relevant content that celebrates diversity.

By Jerry Huynh


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

emmy-nominated visual effects supervisor,

director of "Mutiny!"

Joy’s score for Mutiny! 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.