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, Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Erich Leinsdorf, Maurice Bourgue, Qin Li-Wei, Daniel Blumenthal, and Ronald van Spaendonck.
Marcel Luxen was Clarinet Soloist with the Belgian Radio-Television Philharmonic orchestra (BRT) in Brussels before winning another solo position as a founding member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997. Since its inception the MPO has earned international critical acclaim through its recordings and concert tours to Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, and Australia. It also attracts the world’s top artists including Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Mstislav Rostropovich.
As a teacher Luxen draws on a wealth of European clarinet tradition and modern techniques. He studied with the internationally renowned Walter Boeykens in Antwerp and was also strongly influenced by Karl Leister (Berlin) at whose master-classes he has performed on many occasions. Besides regularly conducting master-classes in Europe, South-East Asia, and Australia, he is a member of the artist faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore and a coach for the Jeunesse Musicales World Youth Orchestra. Marcel Luxen records for Koch Schwann and with the support of Buffet Crampon, Paris.