Lars Mlekusch is a saxophonist, conductor and educator who has established himself as a saxophone educator and performer with a strong focus on contemporary music.
He premiered many works written for him, such as concertos by Bernhard Lang, Ricardo Nillni, Michael Norris or chamber music works by Germán Toro-Perez, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong and many more.
At the age of 26, he was appointed professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Konservatorium Wien (now: Music and Arts University of Vienna) and in 2015 he was appointed the new saxophone professor at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).Lars Mlekusch has been invited to teach masterclasses at the most renowned institutions such as the Conservatoire de Paris CNSMD, Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Conservatoire de Strasbourg, 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 Gauken College Tokyo, Kunitachi College Tokyo, Northwestern University Chicago, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Miami, Bowling Green State University, University of Toronto and many more. He was a jury member at many international competitions such as the Saxophone Competition Nova Gorica, the Int. Jean-Marie Londeix Competition Bangkok, International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant or the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. 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.In 2006 he was diagnosed Focal Dystonia (“Musician´s Cramp”) in the right hand and in 2010 focal dystonia of the embouchure. Appart from his reduced appearances as saxophone soloist, he is getting more involved with conducting and is enjoying the rewarding work with his fantastic students in Vienna and Zurich. He is the founder and artistic director of both the Vienna International Saxfest and the Zurich International Saxfest. He was elected the first artistic director of the MIT saxophone ensemble in Taiwan, starting in Autumn 2016.