LARS MLEKUSCH was born in 1978 in Switzerland and has established himself as one of the leading saxophonists and teachers. He has performed in many European countries as well as in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Canada, USA and New Zealand. Lars Mlekusch was a guest musician with the world renowned Klangforum Wien for ten years until he joined the Vienna based 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. In 2005, at the age of only 26, he was appointed professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Konservatorium Wien University in Vienna, where he is leading a highly successful international saxophone studio. From 2004 to 2007 he was also teaching saxophone at the University of Music in Basel.
Lars Mlekusch has been invited to teach masterclasses at renowned institutions such as the CNSMD Paris, Conservatorium Amsterdam, Koninklijk Conservatorium and Conservatoire Royal Brussels, Chopin University of Music Warsaw, Lucerne University of Music, Lausanne University of Music, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Milano, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia Roma, Conservatorio Real Superior Madrid, Conservatorio Superior Sevilla, Conservatoire Boulogne- Billancourt, Royal College of Music London, Conservatorio Superior Palma de Mallorca, Shanghai Conservatory, Bejing Central Conservatory, Senzoku Gaukuen College Tokyo, Kunitachi College Tokyo, Northwestern University Chicago, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University or University of Toronto.
Since 2007 he is teaching an annual saxophone masterclass at the Arosa Music Academy in Switzerland.
In 2011 he was a jury member at the Int. Saxophone Competition Nova Gorica and at the 3rd Int. Jean-Marie Londeix Competition Bangkok. He has been invited to the faculties of the prestigious European Saxophone University Gap and of the Impuls Academy Graz.
Lars Mlekusch is a graduate from the University of Music in Basel (Marcus Weiss) and from Northwestern University (Frederick L. Hemke). He also enjoyed conducting classes with Emilio Pomárico in Milan, which led him to explore a new musical journey through conducting.