The eclectic career of internationally acclaimed Australian hornist Andrew Joy, who spent his early years on a wheat and sheep farm, comprises a huge cross-section of the classical music industry from early baroque to newly composed repertoire. For over forty years, he has succeeded in both classical and contemporary music and has been highly inspirational both as a performing and recording artist as well as a teacher and mentor.
Joy is best known as the principal horn of the world-renowned WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, with whom he toured Europe, Japan, the USA and South America as well as recording a large slice of the major orchestral repertoire for over thirty years. He has recorded several solo CDs in addition to performing concerti with orchestras, both on modern and natural and baroque horns. A high point was a six-year period in the 1980s recording (Bach's B minor Mass, Mozart, Haydn, Telemann's E flat double horn concerto) and performing together with Nikolas Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus in Wien and Graz on period instruments. During this time, Joy also performed and recorded regularly with Musica Antiqua Köln (Telemann, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 1, etc.)
The composer Hans Georg Pflüger played a major influence in Joy’s development and introduction to contemporary music. Together with the organist Christoph Schoener, Andrew Joy premiered Pflüger’s Concerto in the version for Horn and Organ in Freiburg in 1986. In 1998, together with the Tenor Andreas Weller, the Deutsche Kammer Akademie Neuss directed by Johannes Goritzki, Joy premiered the piece “….icy is the world outside…” which was inspired by his now 30 y.o. son Chris and features texts from the autistic German poet, Birger Sellin.
Since 2002, Andrew Joy has premiered several works from the Japanese composer, Michiko Kawagoe, for horn solo, horn and piano and horn and organ (together with his partner, the pianist and organist Peter Dicke).
In addition to his rigorous performing schedule, Joy has kept up an intensive study regimen working on communication and learning skills, self-talk, techniques for developing and nurturing mental strength and mental toughness, energy psychology techniques for stress and trauma release, Body Mapping, EFT, PSTec, the latest developments in Neuroscience etc.
Joy taught at the Robert Schumann Institute for seven years in the 1980s and has given innumerable master classes worldwide throughout his career in addition to private lessons.
Andrew Joy has performed on instruments from Dieter Otto since the 1980 horn symposium in Trossingen, Germany where he purchased his first Otto, a 166 double horn in yellow brass. Watching Otto hand-make a first branch for the high F side of the first B flat / high F horn that the pair developed together was a special highlight for Joy. They then later fused this model with the 180K to create the prototype in 1998 of the highly successful 185 Dieter Otto triple. Otto presented the new instrument to Joy after the premiere of Pflueger’s “…icy is the world outside…”. Joy continues his involvement in the development of Dieter Otto horns together with Otto’s successor and new owner, Martin Ecker.
In 2009, Andrew Joy’s invention the JoyKey®, an automatic water drainage system for brass and some woodwind instruments, was released worldwide, prompting the following feedback from a top British professional horn player: "….. in my opinion your JoyKey is absolutely the most brilliant and significant invention for all brass players - maybe for over 100 years!"
After 32 years of service on principal horn in the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Joy stepped down at the beginning of 2011 to have time to pursue his chamber music passion and to prepare several recordings, with both piano and organ, of works that have been written for him and his duo partner, Peter Dicke.
Andrew Joy’s current mission is sharing the benefits of both the JoyKey and Jerome Callet’s and Jeff Smiley’s revolutionary concepts/practice techniques with the brass community world-wide.