Marcel Luxen

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Co-Principal Clarinet

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Belgian clarinetist Marcel Luxen has performed extensively as chamber and orchestral musician and soloist throughout Europe and in Asia, Australia and the US. He has won prizes in national and international competitions (including the Masterplayers International Music Competition, Lugano and the Brussels International Clarinet Competition) and played in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls including the Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel, Royal Albert Hall, Suntory Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts, and Avery Fisher Hall. Luxen has performed as soloist with the Belgium Radio Television Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Leodiensis, Euregio Orchester, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, and worked with conductors and chamber music partners such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Blumenthal, Maurice Bourgue, Antal Dorati, Lorin Maazel, Qin Li-Wei, and Ronald van Spaendonck. He was Clarinet Soloist with the Belgian Radio-Television Philharmonic orchestra (BRT) in Brussels before winning another solo position as a founding member of the (now internationally-acclaimed) Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997.

As a teacher Luxen draws on a wealth of European clarinet tradition and contemporary techniques. He studied with the internationally-renowned Walter Boeykens in Antwerp and was also strongly influenced by Karl Leister (Berlin) at whose masterclasses he has performed on many occasions. Besides regularly conducting masterclasses in Europe, South-East Asia and Australia, Luxen is a member of the artist faculties of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore) and the Royal Conservatory of Mons, Belgium and a coach for the Jeunesse Musicales World Youth Orchestra. Marcel Luxen records for Naxos and Koch Schwann and is an International Buffet Crampon Artist.