One of the foremost violinists and conductors of Brazil, Alexander Mandl, or Sascha Mandl, as many know him, maintains an active and diverse career as violinist, conductor, and educator. Mandl serves as Associate Lecturer of Violin at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Adjunct Professor of Music at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He also served on the faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, where he was also conductor of their chamber orchestra. In addition to his academic posts, he is also the Concertmaster of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Kenosha Symphony and Guest Concertmaster of the Racine Symphony and the Tallahassee Symphony, Music Director/Conductor of the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic, and Conductor and guest faculty at Elm City ChamberFest.
Internationally, Mandl has performed in Europe, North and South America at renowned halls, including Alice Tully, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Music Hall, Sprague Hall, the Mellon Institute, the Memorial of Latin America and Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada. A versatile musician, Mandl has partaken in myriad projects throughout his career. Along with famed cellist Jian Wang, he participated in the famous Duke Ellington Concert Series performing throughout Northeastern United States along with the Mitchell-Ruff Duo. In 2002, he recorded for CD Baby's Heavenly Lullabies dedicated to the orphans of 9/11, produced in New York City. That same year, he recorded J.S. Bach's E major concerto with the UFPB Chamber Orchestra (Brazil) under the direction of maestro Sidney Harth. Mandl also appeared frequently as a featured guest at the Ted Sawyer program of WQED, Pittsburgh.
As a soloist and orchestral musician, he has collaborated with notable conductors, such as Eleazar de Carvalho, Gunther Herbig, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Santoro, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Robert Shaw, Juan Pablo Izquierdo, Sidney Harth, and Krzysztof Penderecki, among others. Most recently, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony, University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony, and Paraiba Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated and passionate chamber musician, Mandl has collaborated with eminent artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jian Wang, Mathieu Dufour, Erick Friedman, Sidney Harth, Aldo Parisot, Alex Klein, Humberto Lucarelli, Nai-Yuan Hu, Elizabeth Sawyer, Frank Morelli, Todd Levy, Jeanyi Kim and Ole Akahoshi, among many others. He is a founding member of the Philomusica Quartet, Yale Piano Trio, and Quintessence Piano Quintet, which recently performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, with live broadcast on WFMT, Chicago. As a chamber musician and featured artist, he has appeared at numerous music festivals, including most recently, the Sunflower Music Festival and the Shreveport Music Festival.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A.), Yale University (M.M. and A.D.), and the University of Wisconsin (D.M.A.), Dr. Mandl has won several significant competitions as well as numerous honors and prizes, including the Francis G. Wickes fellowship, the Andrew Carnegie Tradition Award, the Milles Prize, the Yale Alumni Award and the prestigious Ivan Galamian Award. Mandl frequently serves as an adjudicator at competitions, clinician at festivals and workshops, and also conducts masterclasses, most recently in Paraiba, Brazil. His primary violin teachers were Sidney Harth, Erick Friedman, Vartan Manoogian, Robert McDuffie, and Erich Lehninger. He received conducting instruction from maestros Eleazar de Carvalho, David Stern, David Becker and James Smith. Major chamber music influences have been the Tokyo Quartet, Aldo Parisot, Peter Frankl and Felix Galamir. He performs on a Guarnerius violin from 1705 and has recently edited Leopoldo Miguez's Violin Sonata Op. 14.