Lavard Skou-Larsen was born in Porto Alegre / Brazil. He first received violin lessons at the age of four from his father, Gunnar, and had extra tuition from Professor Ernst Moravec in Vienna.
He was admitted to the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Mozarteum in Salzburg aged fourteen to study with Prof. Dr. Helmut Zehetmair, and gained a performance diploma with distinction.
He later completed a postgraduate diploma under Sandor Végh.
Lavard Skou-Larsen has won prizes both as soloist and as chamber musician, including the "Concertino Prague" and the "Sergio Lorenzi" in Triest. He was a member of the Camerata Academica under Sandor Végh from 1983-86. He has been teaching violin at the Mozarteum/Salzburg since 1991, the same year he founded the Salzburg Chamber Soloists.
Lavard Skou-Larsen has been invited to perform with leading symphony and chamber orchestras in Europe and South America, as leader, concertmaster and conductor, including the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerakademe Neuss, Orchestra Internazionale d´Italia, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Orchestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre, and many others.
In 1997, he and the pianist Alexander Müllenbach released the first ever recordings of the Brazilian composer, Camargo M. Guarnieris complete violin sonatas for Marco Polo.
Since 2004 he is acclaimed chef conductor of the "Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein".