John Harle is one of those unique musicians who's sound has created an entirely new culture within the musical world. Uniquely vocal in style and with magical technique, he has redefined the classical voice of the instrument and brought it to the forefront of the public's consciousness.
Creating history at The Royal College of Music, London with a final graduation mark of 100%, he went on to win the Concert Artists Guild Amcon Award in New York which launched a major international soloist career encompassing concerto appearances across the globe with the world's most distinguished conductors.
With over half a million record sales within the classical genre and with Grammy and Mercury Music nominations, he has changed the face of the classical saxophone with his charismatic performances on disc and in the concert hall. He is the most-recorded classical saxophonist in the world on major international record labels.
His playing has inspired the creation of new works from composers at the highest level, and with his own ensembles 'The Berliner Band' and 'The John Harle Band' he has created a legacy of music for the instrument that has set a new path for the saxophone. His performance of Harrison Birtwistle's 'Panic' at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 1996 caused a furore akin to the first performance of Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring', and has been cited as the most publically controversial premiere of new music for over fifty years.
His own works for saxophone include three saxophone concertos, choral works with saxophone, saxophone ensemble music including The Saxophone Mass and The Leviathan for 600 Saxophonists, plus many jazz and popular compositions.