Joshua Hyde is a saxophonist, improviser & composer.
Internationally recognised as a leading performer of new music, saxophonist and founding member of Parisian new music ensemble soundinitiative, half of scapegoat duo with Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone & member of Australia’s leading new music ensemble, Elision, he is also a regular guest with ensembles across Europe including Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Nadar & Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Joshua’s discography includes releases on Kairos, Integrated Records, NMC, HCR, Wergo and Torpor Vigil, and collaborations with some of the world’s most notable composers have resulted in an extensive list of premieres. Equally at home as an improviser and producer, his most recent solo albums ‘Sol’ (2018), ‘Distant Air’ (2020), & ‘How far do you have’ (2021) explore ambient landscape and instrumental textures.
Particularly interested in the creation of immersive performance contexts, his compositional work often incorporates his own video and visual art. The sound installation ‘Distant Air’ developed during 2020 & 2021 was presented at the Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway, in 2018 the New Thread Quartet premiered ‘Bring mir einen Engel zurück’ at the DiMenna Center in New York City, in 2017 part of the ‘Vertical Horizons’ series was premiered with the Son d’Ar-te Ensemble at the Casa da Musica in Porto, and in December 2019 violinist Emma Lloyd premiered ‘All we have is time’ for violin & electronics at Sonic Warehouse in Paris. In 2023 ensemble soundinitiative will premiere a new work at the Enghien Arts Center developed in residency at Royaumont (France).
In 2011 Joshua won first prize and audience prize at the 3rd International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition, and in 2014 was awarded a Kranichsteiner Musik Preis at the Darmstadter Ferienkurse.
Previously holding teaching positions at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (CRB) and the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (MDW), since September 2020 Joshua is professor of saxophone & chamber music at the Geneva University of Music (Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève).
A graduate of the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in saxophone, chamber music and improvisation his saxophone teachers include Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Barry Cockroft & Ian Godfrey. Improvisation mentors have included Vincent LeQuang, Alexandros Markeas, Evan Parker and Rob Vincs, compositional guidance has come from Damien Ricketson, Pierluigi Billone, and Steven Takesugi, and he studied piano in Paris with Françoise Buffet-Arsenijevic. Joshua holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium completed under the supervision of Damien Ricketson & Michael Duke.
Joshua Hyde is a Selmer Paris artist.
Performance of Joshua Hyde performing Arvo Pärt's Fratres