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Josh Layne - Biography



Harpist/composer Josh Layne has been called a 'harp genius' and a 'consummate musician'.  As a performer he has given solo recitals across Canada, the US, and in Europe as well as giving performances of five of the major harp concertos.  Josh made his South American debut this year in Brazil at the Rio Harp Festival to rave reviews.

His performance of the cadenza from Handel's Concerto for Harp has received over 100,000 views on YouTube.  Josh has been praised for both his virtuosity and the sensitivity of his playing.  In the spring of 2013 he released his fourth CD of solo harp music.  Called Passage: music for solo harp it features three of Josh's original compositions.

Josh started composing about eight years ago.  His solo works for harp Passage (2005) and Rhapsody (2007) were both selected and performed at the Sonic Boom festival of new music in Vancouver. 

In the fall of 2010 Josh started a biweekly video series on YouTube called "Harp Tuesday", where he talks about various aspects of playing the harp - from your first lesson, to in-depth looks at advanced music.  You can find him on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/joshlayne77