Lars Mlekusch - conductor
Following an international career as a concert saxophonist, Lars Mlekusch now also appears as a conductor in venues including Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Casa da Música Porto, National Concert Hall Taipei and at festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Elphilharmonie Sommer, Festival Wien Modern, impuls festival Graz or Salzburg Aspekte. He has conducted ensembles and orchestras such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble PHACE Vienna, OENM Salzburg, Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba and others.
He works with composers such as Bernhard Lang, Francesco Filidei, Sarah Nemtsov, Wolfram Schurig, Agata Zubel, Klaus Lang, Wolfgang Mitterer, Xu Yi and conducted many first performances. He has recorded for KAIROS, Gramola, Col Legno, Edition Zeitklang, SWR, Label PHACE and many radio stations.
Since 2015 Mlekusch is professor of saxophone, chamber music and contemporary music at the Zurich University of the Arts. From 2005-2017 he was professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Wien.
He is regularly invited to teach masterclasses at the most renowned institutions around the world, including Conservatoire de Paris CNSMD, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Warsaw, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Milano, Royal College of Music London, Beijing Central Conservatory, Northwestern University Chicago, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and has also been on the faculties of the European Saxophone University Gap, impuls academy Graz and Arosa Music Academy.
Mlekusch studied saxophone in Basel (Marcus Weiss) and Chicago (Frederick L. Hemke) and conducting with Arturo Tamayo and Emilio Pomàrico.