Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy

Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy

A Gathering of Saxophonist from around the world to learn from each other, share our experiences and where good saxophonist become better saxophonist.

Amigo Saxophone Quartet in collaboration with the Nontri Orchestra Wind bring to you the first Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2014 at the Chulabhornpisalsilp Building, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand . For four full days on 16-19 March 2014, 40 saxophonists will be able to work closely with the faculty in a variety of settings including lessons, master classes, and ensembles. Faculty for APSA 2014 includes Joshua Hyde (Australia), Asagi Ito (Japan), Wong Tak Chiu (Hong Kong), Leslie Wong (NAFA, Singapore), Kenny Tsai (TNUA, Taiwan) and Dr. Michael Ibrahim (WVU, USA).



Heal the World - by the people from the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy

APSA would like to thank all the Frontliners around the world for your sacrifice!


The Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (APSA) is held annually in the summer in Bangkok, Thailand and unfortunately this year, we had to cancel it due to the Pan...


Sharing a wonderful composition and saxophone resource series done by faculty member, Joshua Hyde. Thank you so much for such a valuable and educational YouTube series.

Resources for composers: writing for saxophone.

One of my projects during isolation was to record 21 videos for composers, to help write for the instrument. Covering many different facets of the instrument, the videos cover:

- The basics
- Voicing
- Altissimo
- Dynamics
- Multiphonics
- Split tones
- Quarter tones
- Air sounds
- Jazz vs Classical
- Slap tongue
- Key clicks
- Double tonguing
- Subtone
- Bisbigliando/colour trills
- Trumpet sounds
- Glissandi
- Flutter tongue/growl
- Circular breathing
- Singing & playing
- Teeth on reed
- Vibrato

I hope they will be some use for you, or your students. Or maybe they'll inspire you to write for saxophone, or to include it in your next piece for ensemble or orchestra!

The videos are available for free on Youtube in this Youtube playlist:


Congratulations to founding faculty of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, Joshua Hyde, on joining the La Haute école de musique de Genève. Looking forward to the wonderful saxophonists and musicians joining the class of this amazing versatile musician.

La Haute école de musique de Genève a l’immense plaisir d’annoncer l’ouverture d’une nouvelle classe de saxophone dès la rentrée 2020-2021 avec Joshua Hyde.
Saxophoniste, improvisateur et compositeur franco-australien, Joshua Hyde jouit d’une renommée internationale. Codirecteur artistique et saxophoniste de l’ensemble parisien « soundinitiative », il est reconnu aujourd’hui comme l’un des principaux interprètes de musiques de création contemporaine. Joshua Hyde est régulièrement invité par des ensembles de toute l'Europe et a été lauréat de nombreux concours internationaux, dont le prestigieux 3e Concours international de saxophone Jean-Marie Londeix en 2011.
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► inscriptions ouvertes jusqu’au vendredi 21 août 2020
► examen d’admission le vendredi 4 septembre 2020
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Arirang Variations, Joshua Hyde

Amidst all that has happened, we hope everyone is doing well and safe! Do sit back, relax and listen to this Korean Folk Song, "Arirang Variations" is written and played by our faculty member, Joshua Hyde!

Arirang Variation (2019 alto saxophone score available for purchase here: performed by Joshua Hyde videography by Regina Stelzer

[04/02/20]   [APSA Competition 2021]

It is with deep regret that with the postponement of APSA 2020, we will also be pushing the solo competition to 2021. The music choices will be the same and the eligibility criteria will also not change.

People who are able to participate this year will also be able to participate in 2021. We wish you all the best and we all wish you and your family good health! Stay safe everyone!


It is very sad to say this but this year APSA2020 will be postpone to next year, as everyone's safety is priority. We look forward to seeing everyone next year! Stay safe everyone!


[Classical Faculty] Mr. Albert Julia is one of our classical music professors for this year APSA! Hurry up and sign up for this upcoming summer camp! (

Mr Julià dominates a wide repertoire that includes the most representative works for saxophone of all ages, in addition to having released works written especially for him. Note the premiere of the concerts for Saxophone and Orchestra by Juan Albert Amargós and Antonio Olaf Sabater.

Albert Julià, started in music at the “Fundació Conservatori del Liceu” of Barcelona, ​​where he obtained the top title of Saxophone. To continue his artistic and academic preparation, he moved to Paris where he studied at the “Conservatoire National de Region de Cergy-Pontoise” where he won the gold medal “A l’unanimité” at the top level of Saxophone and at the Chamber music, with Professor Jean-Yves Fourmeau.

Subsequently, he studied at the University of Indiana (USA), with Professor Eugene Rousseau, where he made the “artist diploma” (post-doctoral level program for virtuosos of any instrument, for which they are selected from 5 to 10 among a population of 2000 musicians in the specific case of “Indiana University”). His indisputable pedagogical experience has led him to teach and demonstrate in important musical centers of different continents.

He is currently a saxophone professor and head of the Chamber Music Department of the “Fundació Conservatori del Liceu” and artistic director of the Liceu Sax Festival in Barcelona.

Albert Julià has performed as a soloist with “Indiana University Wind Ensemble”, the Barcelona Municipal Band, Portuguese Navy Band, Veracruz State Symphony Band (Mexico), Bilbao Municipal Band, Lisbon Metropolitan Band (Portugal), Band Municipal Symphony of Madrid, the Chamber Orchestra of Granollers, the National Orchestra of Andorra, the Chamber Orchestra of Xalapa (Mexico), the University Orchestra of Popular Music (Mexico), the Orchestra of the Empordà, Orquetra Terrassa 48, Music Orchestra Popular of the UV, Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa, Chamber Orchestra of Nuevo Leon University (Monterrey) and Orchestra of the Portuguese Republican Guard among other!
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[Special Guest-Artist] This year we have another special guest artist! It's none other than Mr. Masashi Oshiro!! Hurry up and sign up for our summer camp(! Hope to see you all there 🎷

Masashi Oshiro is currently the saxophone professor at the Senzoku Gauken College of Music, Kurashiki Sakuyo University and the Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts. He obtained this Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai).

Masashi Oshiro was the 1st Prize laureate of the prestigious 10th Japan Woodwinds and Percussion Competition. He was also a semifinalist of the 51st Geneva International Music Competition. As a soloist, he has performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra and the Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Active as a performer, Masashi Oshiro is always busy with performance as a soloist, chamber music and also as a orchestral player. He has also released four compact discs titled “Distant Song”, “Toy Box”, “Trio Senzoku” and “Romantic Sax”.

Masashi Oshiro has also previously served as saxophone instructor at the Tokyo University of the Arts between the years of 2009-2015.

#APSA2020 #Saxophone #Sax #Music


[Special Guest-Artist] This year we are fortunate to be able to invite Mr. Sullivan for APSA2020! Do sign up for the camp if you haven't done so!

Taimur Sullivan is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University, and a member of the acclaimed PRISM Quartet for 26 years. His performances have taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Knitting Factory, to engagements in Russia, China, England, Germany, and throughout Latin America. He has garnered critical praise as “outstanding…his melodies phrased as if this were an old and cherished classic, his virtuosity supreme” (New York Times), and as a player of “dazzling proficiency” (American Record Guide).

Mr. Sullivan has dedicated much of his career to commissioning new repertoire for the saxophone, and has given the world premieres of over 250 solo and chamber works by composers including William Bolcom, Olga Neuwirth, Alvin Lucier, Augusta Read Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Julia Wolfe, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Martin Bresnick, Donnacha Dennehy, and many others. He has also presented the American premieres of compositions by important European and Asian composers including Gerard Grisey, Toshio Hosokawa, Philippe Hurel, Michael Finnissy, Giya Kancheli, and Jean-Claude Risset. In honor of his distinguished record of promoting and presenting new works for the saxophone, the New York-based arts-advocacy organization Meet the Composer named him one of eight “Soloist Champions” in the United States.

As a member of the PRISM Quartet for 26 years, Mr. Sullivan has performed concertos with orchestras worldwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted residencies at leading conservatories throughout the United States. His recent work with PRISM has included performing John Adams’ Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of the composer, a recital at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and collaborations with noted jazz artists including Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenón, Greg Osby, Steve Lehman, David Liebman, Tim Ries and Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Mr. Sullivan appears on over 30 recordings, and performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces and Silverstein ligatures. 04/02/2020

Information & Registration – Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy

Hi Everyone!!! The registration for the 2020 edition of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy is finally out! This year we welcome Taimur Sullivan, Saxophone Profesor of Northwestern University and Masashi Oshiro, Saxophone Professor of Senzoku Gauken as our featured artist.

Have a look on our website (click on the link below) to find out more about what we offer in this summer camp and we look forward to meeting everyone in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants should arrive in Bangkok by 1300hrs on the 26th of July, 2020 and reach the hotel by 1500hrs for registration. 10/12/2019

Solo Competition – Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy

Hi Everyone, it has been a long hiatus, the team was busy finalizing the details! Nevertheless, the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy is proud to announce the 3RD ASIA PACIFIC SAXOPHONE COMPETITION!!!

The competition will be held on July 24 – August 1, 2020 at Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand, as a part of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2020.

The competition is open to saxophonist of all nationalities, born after July 24, 1995. The competitor’s birth date must be verified at the competition site with the competitor’s official government document. (See Application Guidelines section)

This competition will have TWO rounds. First round will be held on July 24-26, 2020. Second round, which is also the final round will be held on July 27 – August 1, 2020.

The competition is part of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2020. Participation is required in the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy. You have the option of signing up as an active participant or observer and would be required to pay the competition fee as well as the participation fee.

Do check out our website for more information regarding the Solo Competition!


2019 APSA Artist Academy

Young Artist Performance video is finally up on YouTube, go check it out if you haven't!!

It was really an intriguing and avant-garde experience! We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!

This program is a new creative outlet for students of the academy, curated by Joshua Hyde. It is opened to students of all ages, designed for students who have a desire to take their practice to the next level through collaboration, composition, improvisation, and the curation of sound, ideas, movement, images, text, and gesture.

Moving from ‘classical saxophonist’ to ‘saxophonist, musician and artist'

Tutors: Joshua Hyde, Emily Koh Participants: Kristie Thai, Alvin Wong, Brandon Bartholomeusz, Chung Hoi Yan, Glai Korchid, Kam Fung Fan, Mira Jane Stephens, ...


Congratulations to Dr. Emily Koh, our composition fellow, for being named as one of the winners of the Young Artist Award award by the National Arts Council (Singapore).


Concerto Op 109 - Alexander Glazunov

Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2019 Opening Gala Concert 24th July 2019 Soloist: Jean-Yves Fourmeau Conductor: Dr. Vanich Potavanich Orchestra: Rangsit Unive...


Poeme - Pierre Philippe Bauzin

Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2019 Opening Gala Concert 24th July 2019 Soloist: Xavier Larsson Conductor: Dr. Vanich Potavanich Orchestra: Rangsit Universit...


Shams Jean Denis Michat

Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2019 Opening Gala Concert 24th July 2019 Soloist: David Dees Conductor: Dr. Vanich Potavanich Orchestra: Rangsit University Sy...


Rhapsody - Andre Waignein

Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2019
Opening Gala Concert
24th July 2019

Soloist: Scarlet Gouk
Conductor: Dr. Vanich Potavanich
Orchestra: Rangsit University Symphony Orchestra


Tribute to Mister L - Jean Philippe Vanbeselaere

Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2019 Opening Gala Concert 24th July 2019 Soloist: Wong Tak Chiu Conductor: Dr. Vanich Potavanich Orchestra: Rangsit University...


Snippets of this year's Finalist for APSA2019 Solo Competition!


A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. R.I.P Hiroshi Hara, you will always be remembered.


Apart from teaching solo repertoire, the APSA program also emphasis on ensemble playing.

Participants from various countries coming together to learn how to play together as an united ensemble.

There will be teachers coaching ensemble classes throughout the program! Do sign up for APSA2020!


This year we were very fortunate to be able to invite Mr. Fourmeau to be part of APSA! He is the professor at Cergy-Pontoise Conservatory. Every year APSA aims to bring in Guest Artists and conduct various masterclasses to further enrich the learning experience! Hope to see you next year! 🎷

Here is one of the active participants that took part in the masterclass with Mr. Fourmeau!!

Stay tune for more news as our team is currently in the midst of preparing for APSA2020!

Do not forget to share with us your favourite moments of APSA2019! Just simply tag us @asiapacificsaxophoneacademy #saxophone #sax #APSA2019


🎷Performance by Aruna Quartet!

Is anyone having post APSA withdrawal syndrome? It has been a week since we concluded #APSA2019!

Hope to see everyone again at APSA2020!


Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy's cover photo


Congratulations to the finalists of the 3rd Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy Composition Competition!

After much careful deliberation and discussion, the results are out and are as follows:

1st Prize Winner: ‘Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Piano’ by Sho Oie

2nd Prize Winner: ‘Sax Sonata’ by Eduardo Soutullo

Honorable Mention:
- ‘Fantasia’ by Benjamin Falces

- ‘Elegie for Alto Saxophone Saxophone and Piano’ by Wojciech Chalupka

- ‘FOG’ by Arodi Martinez Serrano

Nevertheless, Thank-you to Dr. Wong Tak Chiu, Mr. Xavier Larsson, Mr. Pieter Pellens, Dr. Emily Koh and Mr. Jeffrey Loeffert for being the jury of this composition competition!

Lastly, Thank-you to Joshua Hyde and Rasikamon Siyapong for putting up a wonderful rendition for each of the pieces during the composition competition! @ Rangsit University


Congratulations to all the winners in the Asia Pacific Solo Saxophone Competition.

Results are as follows:

Champion: Alexandra Pichler

1st runner up: Tae Hyun Kim

2nd runner up: Wen Cheung Jin

3rd runner up: Samuel Phua

4th runner up: Jen Hong Wu
@ Rangsit University

📷 Credits to Regina Stelzer photography


Once again congratulations to Alexandra Pichler for being the winner of the Asia Pacific Solo Saxophone Competition! Which was held on July 22-28, 2019 at Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University.

In addition, this wouldn’t have been possible if not for all the contributions and support given by our sponsors!
#APSA2019 #saxophone @ Rangsit University


Today is the last day of APSA! Masterclass is still ongoing! @ Rangsit University


Composition competition was held yesterday night! APSA faculty member, Joshua Hyde performed 5 finalist works!

The Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (APSA) has launched it’s Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition since 2016 to provide a platform for composers to create quality works for the world of the saxophone. We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition which will be held in 2019 with a particular focus on writing for solo saxophone with piano.

In this third edition, we are proudly to present the first place of the competition as the Adolphe Sax Prize.

In addition, the winning work(s) may receive a score publication opportunity by a contemporary music publisher and may be programmed as one of the set pieces of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Competition in 2021 (subject to the decision of the organisation).

@ Rangsit University

Our Story

Since 2014 , Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (APSA) has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon, welcoming students and teachers from all over the world to participate. Started by the amigo saxophone quartet, it has gone on to expand its student intake by over 200% in just 5 years.

Only the very best are accepted into APSA faculty, with a handful of only 20 faculty members around the world handpicked every year. Held at Rangsit University next year, ASPA 2019 welcomes students not just to lessons, but also exclusive master classes by the legendary teachers from Europe, Asia and the United States.

To accommodate the ever growing student intake, the jazz program will be expanded to include more interested participants. Throughout the camp period, student participants will be have the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to 2-3 concerts and around 8 recitals, a once in a lifetime experience that will truly be a camp to remember.

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Rhapsody - Andre Waignein






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