Hey there! My name is Joel Willson.

I’m a composer, songwriter, and violinist based in New Orleans, Louisiana.


What I do

I perform live
I teach
I play in the band, Minos the Saint
I make films



Over the years I’ve scored for award-winning films, have performed in some amazing venues, was a PreSonus featured performer for NAMM,  and most recently, through Minos the Saint, was a recipient of a Louisiana Culture grant.

More about me…  

I was born in Baton Rouge, LA and studied Violin at Louisiana State University.  I’ve been married 10 years to my lovely wife, Amy, who is a doula, and have 3 little boys that keep me very busy.  I’m an NBA basketball fan.  My favorite Beatle is George Harrison.   I listen to all types of music but classical music has a special place in my heart–I have a tattoo of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring on my left arm:
Photo/tattoo credit: @ratchelrob (Instagram)


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