Josef is a Saxophone and E flat Clarinet Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He studied clarinet and saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1976, whilst still a student, he formed the Myhra Saxophone Quartet with John Harle, Andy Findon and David Roach when they met as ushers at the World Saxophone Congress held at the Royal College of Music.
Josef played with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) as Associate Principal Clarinet and Principal E flat Clarinet for over thirty years before leaving in 2017 to pursue a freelance career. During this time he has appeared in both concerts and recordings with most of the British orchestras including the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and all of the BBC Orchestras.
He has appeared as soloist with the RSNO in Debussy’s Saxophone Rhapsodie and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.6 for six solo wind instruments. He joined the teaching staff at the Conservatoire in 1985.