Lars Mlekusch


Saxophone

Lars Mlekusch was born in Switzerland. He has performed in many European countries as well as in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Canada, the USA and New Zealand. Lars Mlekusch was a guest musician with the world-renowned Klangforum Wien for ten years until he joined the ensemble PHACE as their saxophone soloist.

He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra and with his Duo Saxophonic he is exploring the possibilities of saxophone with live-electronics.

At the age of only twenty-six, he was appointed professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Konservatorium Wien University in Vienna, where he teaches a highly successful international saxophone class. From 2004 to 2007 he also taught saxophone at the University of Music in Basel. In 2015 he was appointed the new saxophone professor at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Lars Mlekusch has been invited to teach master-classes at renowned institutions such as the CNSMD Paris, the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, the Koninklijk Conservatorium and Conservatoire Royal in Brussels, the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Royal College of Music in London, the Conservatorio Superior Palma de Mallorca, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Bejing Central Conservatory, the Senzoku Gakuen College in Tokyo and the Manhattan School of Music among others. Since 2007 he has taught an annual saxophone master-class as part of the Arosa Music Academy in Switzerland.

He was a jury member at the International Saxophone Competition Nova Gorica and at the III International Jean-Marie Londeix Competition in Bangkok. In 2014 he was a jury member at the prestigious International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant. At the festival SAX14 in Amsterdam he was a featured performer and also appeared with James Carter. He has also been invited to the faculties of the prestigious European Saxophone University Gap and of the IMPULS Academy in Graz.

Lars Mlekusch is a graduate of the University of Music in Basel (class of Marcus Weiss) and the Northwestern University (class of Frederick L. Hemke). He also took conducting classes with Emilio Pomàrico in Milan, which led him to explore a new musical journey through conducting.

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