Geneva

Saxophone

The saxophone class at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM), guided by its professor Joshua Hyde, supports each student in the development of a unique artistic identity by providing them with the tools required to tackle a career as a performer, creator, project designer, and artist. 

Very active on the international scene and in contemporary creativity, Joshua Hyde is not just a renowned solo artist and chamber musician, but also a committed educator.

In addition to the individual classes, our professor pays particular attention to the group learning sessions, with the aim of encouraging team spirit and group teaching. Every week, the students in the class get together for:

  • Studio class: an open class where each saxophonist plays, with a piano, on their own or with a chamber music ensemble. The open discussions after each session help to get a better sense of how things could be improved, through constructive criticism.
  • Geneva Consort: the HEM’s saxophone ensemble tackles a diverse and varied range of repertoires, often with special guests.
  • Scales and technique class: one session a week, to focus on the core principles of the instrument.
  • Jazz workshop: an indispensable tool when you are a saxophonist, which helps the students find their own sound, work on their sense of listening, and develop their ability to improvise.

The other important aspects of the saxophone class are:

  • Working with the piano: the students have the opportunity to benefit from an accompanist on the piano, to take on the sonata with piano repertoire. This work is conducted in a rehearsal with the pianist, in a studio class, and during the individual classes.
  • Chamber music: the students are encouraged to form groups with other instruments. Whether it be in Joshua Hyde’s contemporary chamber music class, or one of the other classes taught by renowned professors, they must create ties with other musicians.
  • The Masterclasses: every year, the saxophone class invites renowned performers, composers, or improvisers to give Masterclasses. The students can thereby enrich their playing and develop their network of contacts.
  • Creation: the saxophone class works closely with the composition classes and the HEM’s Centre de musique électroacoustique (CME). This enables the students to collaborate with composers from their own generation, while being guided by the school’s professors.
  • Electronic music: the HEM’s Centre de musique électroacoustique (CME) puts IT tools and analogue tools at the students’ disposal, so that they can create electronic music. The students are encouraged to work with these tools, to produce mixed pieces or create their own music. The students gradually acquire mastery of the amplification and use of effect pedals, MaxMSP patches and Ableton.
  • The Rencontres Genevoises de Saxophone: every year, the HEM opens its doors to saxophonists from the Geneva region for a day of concerts and Masterclasses around their instrument. This day enables the students in the class to present their projects, take part in organising a large-scale event, and enrich their network by meeting a large number of professional or amateur instrumentalists from the region.

Finally, the close ties that the HEM maintains with the region’s professional ensembles offer our students numerous opportunities to play in renowned ensembles such as the Orchestre de la Suisse romande (OSR), the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève (OCG) or the Ensemble de musique contemporaine Contrechamps.  The richness of the music scene in French-speaking Switzerland, the music-loving public and the numerous patrons mean that there are ample opportunities for engagement, to enrich their practice and develop their network of contacts.

Teachers

Joshua Hyde

Professeur de Saxophone - Musique de chambre avec Saxophone - Musique de Chambre Contemporaine

Joshua Hyde est saxophoniste, improvisateur et compositeur. Reconnu à l’international comme interprète de musique contemporaine, il est co-directeur artistique et saxophoniste de l’ensemble de musique parisien soundinitiative, et membre du duo scapegoat avec le percussionniste canadien Noam Bierstone. Membre du premier ensemble Australien de musique contemporaine Elision, il est également invité à jouer avec les plus grands ensembles en Europe tels que Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Nadar et l’Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joshua a enregistré chez Kairos, Integrated Records, NMC, HCR, Wergo et Torpor Vigil. Ses collaborations avec des compositeurs du monde entier ont généré une longue liste de créations. Aussi à l’aise dans le monde de l’improvisation, son dernier disque chez Integrated Records, Sol, est une série de réflexions improvisées. Particulièrement intéressé par la création de contextes de performance immersifs, ses compositions incorporent souvent ses propres vidéos et arts visuels. En 2018 le New Thread Quartet a créé Bring mir einen Engel zuück au DiMenna Center à New York City, et en 2017 une partie de la série Vertical Horizons a été créée par l’ensemble Son d’Arte à la Casa da Musica à Porto. Joshua a été invité à jouer et enseigner dans des universités du monde entier telles que Harvard, Oxford et Stanford. Joshua fait également partie de l’équipe de direction artistique de l’Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy. En 2011 il a remporté le Premier prix et le Prix du Public au 3e Concours International de Saxophone Jean-Marie Londeix, et en 2014 il a été lauréat du Kranischteiner Musik Preis au Darmstädter Ferienkurse. Diplômé du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris en saxophone (classe de Claude Delangle), musique de chambre (classe de Hae-Su Kang et Fredéric Stochl) et improvisation générative (classe de Vincent LeQuang et Alexandros Markéas), il a également étudié au CRR de Bordeaux (classe de Marie-Bernadette Charrier), CRR de Versailles (classe de Vincent David), et au Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (classes de Barry Cockroft et Ian Godfrey). En savoir plus sur Joshua Hyde

Joshua Hayde

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