Jay Byrnes - Baritone Saxophone

Jay Byrnes is one of the most pre-eminent figures in the Australian saxophone scene. A passionate performer, arranger and educator, Byrnes is a specialist in the performance of transcriptions and new works. Renowned for his interpretations of music (from Bach to Piazzolla), Byrnes has developed a reputation as a versatile and vibrant musician; acclaimed for his dynamic stage presence and rigorous attention to stylistic performance. He regularly performs throughout Europe, South America and Australasia as both a soloist and chamber musician.
Byrnes is an authority on the interpretation of Latin American music for the saxophone. In 2016 Byrnes completed his DMA, researching the performance of tango music for the classical saxophonist. In 2015 Byrnes released his debut CD,
Al Asunto Del Tango. Byrnes has also written over 200 arrangements that have been performed by many local and international ensembles including; The Nexas Quartet, Orquestra Portuguesa de Saxofones, The Four Baritones and The Sydney Saxophone Collective.
As an educator Byrnes has held teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Australia. He has also given masterclasses internationally and locally. Byrnes currently tutors music fundamentals at Sydney University. Byrnes is also the Director of Saxophone Academy Sydney. Recently, he adjudicated at the Australian-Chinese Music Festival held at Sydney Opera House where he was also invited as a tutor to students of the Sichuan Conservatorium.
Byrnes is an endorsed artist for both D'Addario and EGR ligatures. He is also a Yangaisawa Saxophones Domestic Artist and a Yanagisawa International Artist.