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Mary Osborn

The Australian Saxophone Quartet (ASxQ) combines four of Australia’s leading saxophonists.

Creating, reviving, and promoting Australian music both at home and abroad, the musical

palette of the group ranges from classical music through to new and experimental music. The

group aims to engage artists and musicians from a multicultural Australian community

through innovative musical and cultural partnerships.

Each of the musicians has created a career in Australia & abroad, with members graduates of

the Paris Conservatoire, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Versailles Conservatoire, the

Strasbourg Conservatoire, & the University of Iowa. The first rehearsals as a quartet with

Joseph, Joshua & Yo-yo took place in 2006 during their time at the University of Melbourne &

the VCA. In 2022 after a (very) long hiatus, the Australian Saxophone Quartet reassembled,

welcoming Mary Osborn to the group.

In 2023 they will present their first season/project Echo Chamber, presenting a series of

contemporary works by renowned Australian composers Liza Lim, Mary Finsterer, Samantha

Wolf and Cat Hope. Echo Chamber will be their first CD and will be presented in multiple live

concerts throughout Melbourne and Sydney.

Soprano Saxophone - Joshua Hyde

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 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


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.

Alto Saxophone - Joseph Lallo

Joseph Lallo is the Saxophone Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Artistic Director

of the Melbourne International Saxophone Festival.

Passionate about performing new music, Joseph has premiered over 40 works for saxophone, and his

2021 recording for ABC Classic was included in their ‘Best of Australian Classical Music’ playlist.

Joseph recently completed his PhD, ‘The Performer/Curator: Expanding the Parameters of Artistic

Expression and Creativity in a Concert.’ His work explores how our experience of music can serve as a

model for our connection with each other and the world around us, with recent curations including

‘Sound of Water’, ‘What is a City?’ and 'Her Lover’s Shadow’.

Joseph is a member of the chamber music ensembles ‘Collide’, with cellist Yelian He and pianist

Yasmin Rowe, and ‘Duo Obax’, with oboist Briana Leaman. He has performed and given masterclasses

throughout Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific, including concerts with the Strasbourg

Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and China’s Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the

Artistic and Programming Assistant for the 2015 World Saxophone Congress and Festival in

Strasbourg, France.

A graduate of The University of Melbourne, Joseph was awarded the Catherine Grace McWilliam

Bequest for achieving the highest result in his Bachelor of Music. As the winner of the Donovan-

Johnston Travel Scholarship, he went on to study with Marie-Bernadette Charrier at the Bordeaux

Conservatoire de Musique in France, and later completed both a Masters of Saxophone Performance

and a Masters of Orchestral and Opera Conducting in Strasbourg with Philippe Geiss and Theodor


Joseph is a Selmer Saxophones Artist and a D'Addario Woodwind Artist, and performs on Series III Alto

& Soprano Saxophones, Selmer Mouthpieces, and D'Addario Reserve Reeds

Tenor Saxophone - Mary Osborn (see about)


Baritone Saxophone - Yo-yo Su

Yo-yo Su is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa supported by the Iowa Performance

Fellowship and served as the Teaching Assistant to Dr. Kenneth Tse.

Alumni of the CRR Montpellier, CRR Versailles and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and the

Netherlands String Quartet Academy, he has been a laureate of numerous national and international

competitions, notably the 3MBS young performer of the year award, Dutch Classical Talent Award, Boris

Papandopulo Music Competition and was a semi-finalist of the International Adolphe Sax competition,

the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition and the Osaka International Chamber

Music Competition.

As a chamber musician, Yo-yo is a founding member of the Amsterdam based Ardemus Quartet and

have appeared in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Izumi

hall in Osaka, Japan and has been invited to perform in festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Festival,

Grachtenfestival, and Westfallen Classics and have toured extensively Europe and Asia.

Yo-yo's current research is centered on the exploration of the Tubax contrabass saxophone, expanding

its repertoire, and furthering its purpose as a soloist instrument.

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