Landon Hegedus

Saxophonist | Composer | Conductor | Educator

Biography


Landon Hegedus is quickly rising as one of the most versatile saxophonists and composers of his generation. Having honed his skills on the famous music scene of his native Austin, TX, Landon came to Chicago in 2013 to attend Northwestern University, where his teachers included Victor Goines, Joe Clark, Jay Alan Yim, and Hans Thomalla. Landon's musical interests and specialties reach across genres, encompassing jazz, rock, R&B, funk, classical, and electronic music, and the areas in which different musical traditions overlap and intersect.

While in college, Landon appeared with the Northwestern Jazz Small Ensembles and Jazz Orchestra, most notably in April 2016 alongside saxophonist Branford Marsalis, as well as in the pit orchestras playing saxophone and clarinet for productions of The Wild Party, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hair, and Sweet Charity. He was also featured in the 2016 Sarah Siddons Award Concert, where he performed alongside honoree Brian D’Arcy James.

In addition to his performing and writing abilities, Landon actively works as a copyist in the Chicagoland area, where his regular clients include prominent conductor/arranger Cliff Colnot and GRAMMY-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas. Additionally, he served as a copyist for the Lyric Opera’s production of Matthew Aucoin’s chamber opera Second Nature.

A former student of Dr. Mallory Thompson, Landon is an adept conductor of various ensembles, including in the world of musical theater. In 2017, he was the conductor and music director of Northwestern’s 75th annual Dolphin Show, the nation’s largest student produced musical, presenting Little Shop of Horrors. In March 2017, Landon led the production on tour through Bosnia in Herzegovina, where Landon and the company of The Dolphin Show presented and performances of Little Shop in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, and Mostar. 

Photo by Jill Norton

Photo by Jill Norton