BMus, MMus, HonRCM
Kyle Horch studied in Chicago at Northwestern University (BMus, MMus), where he learned with Frederick Hemke. He was awarded a BP North America Scholarship in 1986-7 to pursue postgraduate study at the GSMD in London, where he learned with Stephen Trier. As a student and young professional musician, he won prizes in numerous competitions in Britain, Europe, and the USA. Since making his London debut in 1989 on the Park Lane Group series, he has performed as soloist at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, British and World Saxophone Congresses, and many other venues in Britain and abroad.
Apart from his own projects, Kyle maintains an active career as a freelance musician across a wide range of orchestral, contemporary, chamber, and light music. He is a member of the chamber ensemble ‘Counterpoise’, which since its formation in 2008 has commissioned works by Edward Rushton, John Casken, David Matthews, and Jean Hasse, performing at venues such as Kings Place and St George’s Bristol, as well as at the Cheltenham, City of London, Newbury, Buxton, Brighton, and Ulverston Festivals. Their recording, Deadly Pleasures, was released on the Deux-Elles label in 2013.
Orchestral work has included concerts, tours, broadcasts and CD recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera House, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and many others. Kyle is lead saxophonist with Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, playing music from the American songbook – Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart – mixed with early jazz arrangements by Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson as well as songs by British contemporaries such as Ray Noble and Noel Coward – at concerts, private engagements, a residency at the Savoy Hotel 1997–2003, and on six recordings.
Committed to music education in all its forms, Kyle leads the Saxophone Summer Course at MusicFest Aberystwyth in Wales, and participates frequently in outreach projects in schools, most often for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He contributed chapters on saxophone technique and teaching to The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He has given masterclasses in Britain, France, Holland, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and the USA. In 2010 he was a jury member at the ‘5th International Competition Adolphe Sax’ in Dinant, Belgium. He is visiting consultant for saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire, and has been a saxophone professor at the Royal College of Music since 1991.
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Faculties / departments: Woodwind