About Josh

Breathing life into harp music

Josh Layne has been called a 'harp genius' and a 'consummate musician'.  He has performed extensively across Canada, the US, and in Europe and South America and has been praised both for his virtuosity and the sensitivity of his playing.  

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"​I started playing the harp at the age of 13, working with Kathryn Ely in Victoria, BC, Canada.

I loved the harp from the beginning and in the span of four years I went from not knowing how to read music to performing recitals and concertos. From 1996-2001 I also recorded three albums of solo harp music.

It took longer to start composing; I wrote my first full length composition (Passage) in 2005. In 2013 I published a CD of solo harp music that featured three of my compositions: Passage, Rhapsody, and Poem for solo harp. I continue to compose - find out more about my compositions here.

Whether writing or playing, music is my passion!"

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Harpist/composer Josh Layne has been called a 'harp genius' and a 'consummate musician'.  He has performed extensively across Canada, the US, and in Europe and South America and has been praised for both his virtuosity and the sensitivity of his playing. 

Josh has recorded 4 albums of solo harp music, including his 2013 CD "Passage: music for solo harp" which features three of his original compositions for harp. Recent projects include a revival of Bochsa's long dormant "Concerto No. 1 in D minor" with a performance at the World Harp Congress in Wales in July 2022.

"It's Tuesday... It's Harp Tuesday!" Born out of a passion for teaching, Josh's biweekly YouTube series "Harp Tuesday" launched in 2010. Harp Tuesday covers all aspects of playing the harp - from your first lesson to in-depth looks at advanced music. With 200+ episodes and over 2 million views, Harp Tuesday is an amazing resource for harpists all over the world.

Josh's most recent YouTube project is Harpist in the Wild, a new video series combining his love of music and the outdoors. More at www.harpistinthewild.com

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Josh is the creator of two YouTube series

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Harp Tuesday

Over 10 years, 2+ million views, and 250+ episodes, Harp Tuesday is the premier freely available resource for learning the harp on the web today.

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Harpist in the Wild

Josh combines his love of music with his love of the outdoors in the story-telling style series Harpist in the Wild.

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