Joe Parks is a London-based musician currently studying at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholar.
After studying latin percussion with Demi Garcia, Joe began his classical music training at the age of ten at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, studying percussion with Cameron Sinclair and composition with David-Sutton Anderson. In 2013 he joined the Purcell School for Young Musicians supported by a scholarship from the Government's Music and Dance Scheme.
As a percussionist he has been featured on BBC Young Musician twice: first as a Percussion Finalist in 2016 and then as an accompanist in the Woodwind Final in 2018. Other television work includes showing Melody and her friends how to play the marimba on the CBeebies programme Melody and performing a duet on Television Malta with flautist Roland Sutherland.
He won the Royal College of Music Junior Department's Graham Cole Percussion Prize in 2016 and again in 2017 and has presented solo programmes at the Wigmore Hall as part of the Purcell School's Showcase Recitals and at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room for their Coffee Concert series. With the RCMJD he has played with English National Ballet and as part of the Trinity Boys Choir he has sung with English National Opera, Garsington Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2018 he directed See The Music, a collaboration concert at the RCM featuring his compositions performed alongside original artwork by students from the Royal College of Art. It was the first collaboration of its kind in recent years and was acclaimed by special guests from the Southbank Centre and Universal Music UK.
In 2019 he directed The Musical Offering: Bach Reimagined with students from the RCM, the Royal College of Art and the London Contemporary Dance School, and coordinated Bach to the Future, his first engagement with the Deal Festival in Kent.