Based in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Joseph Gold is a composer for film, video and the performing arts, and a jazz pianist. He was formerly a trombonist in symphony and pit orchestras, brass and wind ensembles and rock groups — with deep love for many musical genres and styles.

“For me, writing music to picture is like finger-painting with sound in multi-layered dimensions — above, below and in the spaces between the characters and the story. It is the most challenging, creative and enjoyable endeavor I have ever engaged in.”

—Joseph Gold

“Joe Gold has captured the American cinematic idiom in his music — its elegance, freshness and breadth — continuing the legacy of Leonard Rosenman, Bernard Hermann and the best Hollywood composers. Hoping that he’ll take a detour and write something for cello!”

—Yehuda Hanani  American-Israeli cellist


Marion’s Theme

for full orchestra

“Inspired by Cate Blanchett in the 2010 movie Robin Hood, there are five sections beginning with the principal theme (A) and one countermelody. Next is the response and conclusion of A with the addition of a second countermelody; then a brief exposition of the first countermelody; then the recapitulation of A with a third countermelody. The piece concludes with the A theme and a fourth countermelody joining the first and second.”

Homeless Suite

Excerpt from the second movement entitled Despair:

“Homeless Suite, written in 2014 for orchestra, was inspired by a long encounter I had with a homeless man across the street from my home in the Bronx, in the same neighborhood (and the  same period) as the so-called ‘Summer of Sam,’ a time of upheaval and violence. I learned from him about the fragility of a life that had deteriorated, the despair, and his resolve to climb out of his predicament.”

Aftermath/Love Theme

orchestral and solo piano arrangements:

“Watching a film can never be a passive experience — there is so much that we are actively processing within ourselves. Music for film and other visual media is often written to acknowledge and validate this inner response but sometimes it can nudge us in new, surprising directions and elicit unexpected or different experiences. This is the challenge, the thrill and the fun of composing for film.”

“Creative and intuitive, full of emotion and unexpected surprises with memorable melodies that stick with you for days.”

—Phil Sheeran  composer, orchestrator, musician, instructor

Berklee College of Music


I was a trombonist for years in a variety of wind ensembles, orchestras and pit orchestras; brass ensembles, rock, blues, and jazz bands, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival (Main Stage and Second Company).

As a classical pianist, I studied with Lester Hebbard, Hilda Banks Shapiro and Gili Melamed-Lev.

As a jazz pianist, I studied with Garry Dial, Lee Shaw, Armen Donelian, John Nazarenko, LeeAnn Ledgerwood, Norman Gold and Sanford Gold. I also participated in the first Chick Corea Keyboard Workshop (2013)  in Lenox, MA, with Chick, John Patitucci and Antonio Sanchez and studied jazz improvisation with Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music.

As a composer/arranger, I have written works for woodwind trio, jazz trio & quartet, and orchestra.

I have performed with the Barrington Jazz Quartet and the Release the Penguins Jazz Quartet at venues throughout the Berkshires over the past two decades including the Mahaiwe Theater, the Barn, Castle St. Caf, the Starving Artist Caf, Gedney Farm, Caf Adam, the Darrow School, the former Pearl’s and Elm Court restaurants, the Monterey General Store, and with the Olga Dunn Dance Company at Simon’s Rock and the Dunn studios, the Heron Cove Summer Concert Series in Cheshire, as well as in homes for private parties and weddings, and for many charitable events including the Fairview Hospital galas, the Berkshire Baby Box, the Berkshire Diaper Project, and the “Warm Up the Winter Concerts for Fuel Assistance” at the Mahaiwe.

I’m currently studying to earn a certificate from Berklee College of Music in Composing for Film and TV.

I offer private lessons in jazz keyboard and harmony.

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“Joseph Gold has written some sensitive and effective music. I look forward to hearing more of it! He has a mature dramatic sense, and is able to add a wide variety of suitable emotional color to a film. You will enjoy what you hear.”

—Jack Freeman, Film Scoring Department, Berklee College of Music


I’d be delighted to hear from you!

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+1 (413) 695-5707