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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 in 2013, and will return to Rio to perform in May of 2014.

Josh's performance of the cadenza from Handel's Concerto for Harp has received over 150,000 views on YouTube.  Josh has been praised for both his virtuosity and the sensitivity of his playing.  He has released four CDs of solo harp music, most recently Passage: music for solo harp (2013) which includes his own original compositions plus music by Bach, Beethoven, Fauré , and Renié

Josh started composing about nine 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.  Passage, Rhapsody, and Poem for solo harp (2012) were all part of Josh's latest CD - "Passage: music for solo harp"

Other compositions include Cotton Butterfly (for harp and double bass) and a chamber work called Une nuit dans la forêt

Current projects include a work for harp and choir based on the poetry of Li Bai, a musical, and a 'colour' symphony.

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