Joel Hands-Otte is a freelance clarinetist and saxophonist in Melbourne, Australia. Equally at home in classical, jazz or contemporary repertoire, he regularly performs in various ensembles and festivals across the state.
Joel is a regular member of the clarinet section for Melbourne Opera, performing a number of different operas every year. He is also active with the Monash Art Ensemble and Quattro Club, two ensembles that frequently record and perform new Australian works and improvised music. Joel has collaborated with Tony Gould, one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists, to perform Bach reimagined for the National Gallery of Victoria as well as Callum Watson, an up-and-coming Melbourne-based composer, to produce a CD of original Australian compositions.
Joel is also an educator, working at Haileybury to deliver an outstanding clarinet program to develop a younger generation of budding clarinetists.