- Joseph Wytko
(b Arveyres, France, Sept 20, 1932). French saxophonist and teacher, active in the USA. He began playing saxophone at the age of eight, and at fourteen was awarded a First Prize (1946) by the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France), where he studied with Pierre Ferry. Londeix also studied with Marcel Mule at the Conservatoire de Paris (1951–3), where he became the first saxophonist awarded the prestigious Prix d’Honneur (1953). He taught at the CNM (Conservatory) de Dijon (1953–71) and the Conservatoire de Region de Bordeaux (1971–2001). His first concerts in the United States were in 1966, and in 1968 he performed Paul Creston’s Saxophone Concerto in Carnegie Hall in New York. He has served as guest professor at many American universities, and performed and presented master classes-seminars throughout the world. Londeix has collaborated closely with the composers Henri Tomasi, Pierre Max Dubois, Edison Denisov, Henri Sauguet, and Christian Lauba, as well as Paul Creston and others. Over 250 works have been dedicated to him. He has authored numerous pedagogical publications, organized World Saxophone Congress IV (...