Hayden Chisholm (born 1975 in Otahuhu, New Zealand ) is a saxophonist and composer.
He was raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand, where his parents encouraged him to start with piano at the age of eight and clarinet two years later. His first saxophone experience came playing with the local school and Dixieland bands. At the age of seventeen he moved to Switzerland and soon after began his music studies in Germany.
Hayden studied saxophone at the Cologne Musikhochschule with Frank Gratkowski where he received his Masters in Saxophone at the age of twenty-two. At the age of twenty-three he received a New Zealand Young Achievers’ Award and soon after, the prestigious City of Cologne Prize for Improvised Music. He used these scholarships to continue his music studies in Japan and Southern India where he also recorded for Indian films in Chennai. He has continued to travel extensively, collecting musical information and studying the various thought schools.
He has toured and performed throughout Asia, Africa, North and South America and Oceana as a solo artist and with groups such as Root70, Pluramon, Jaki Liebezeit (ex-Can), and Flanger, The Embassadors, often with the support of the Goethe Cultural Institute. Between his travels he has written and performed music for the National German Theater in Hamburg as well as having compositions recorded by WDR and BBC radios. He founded the Subultra group which won the distinguished NRW Prize for Performing Arts in Germany and was composer in residence at the Muzik3 festival in San Diego from 1998 through 2000.