Karl Larson is devoted teacher, chamber musician, and soloist. Described by I Care If You Listen as “a performer with a tremendous amount of precision and skill,” Larson is an avid interpreter of contemporary music. Karl has premiered many solo piano and chamber works, including David Rakowski’s recently completed Preludes for Piano: Book I. Karl is also well versed in the canonic repertoire of the 20th century with performances spanning from Boulez to Reich. Recent performances of note include Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories at the Contagious Sounds Series in Manhattan and the Center for New Music in San Francisco, John Cage’s HPSCHD at the Eyebeam in Manhattan, and Tristan Perich’s Dual Synthesis for harpsichord and one-bit electronics.
A sought after collaborator, Karl has consistently engaged in adventurous performances both inside and outside of academia. He has performed with Mantra Percussion, the ECO Ensemble, the Sleeping Giant Composer Collective, West 4th New Music, Opera On Tap, Contemporaneous, and the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble.
Larson is the artistic director and a founding member of the Color Field Ensemble, a collective of musicians and composers dedicated to the promotion and performance of a variety of contemporary genres. Since its inception in 2010, Larson and the Color Field Ensemble have performed at many notable venues, including the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, the Ball State New Music Festival, and the Contagious Sounds Series at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City. The Color Field Ensemble has commissioned and premiered a number of works, including compositions by Christopher Cerrone, James Holt, Robert Honstein, Christopher Dietz, Ravi Kittappa, and Jeff Weston.
Karl Larson is also an active curator of new music concerts and events. Along with Ravi Kittappa, Larson runs Permutations, a Harlem based monthly event featuring new music and art of all styles and genres. The series was created for young professional musicians and artists as a method of raising funds for progressive projects. Karl also curates the Color Field Festival, which takes place every summer in Madison, WI. A multi-day event, the Color Field Festival features performances of new music by the Color Field Ensemble, as well as a series of guest artists. Past guest artists include guitarist Derek Johnson, percussionist Owen Weaver, Concert Black, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, TIGUE, the Anubis Quartet, and installation artist Alejandro Acierto.
Karl received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music and a Master of Music in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Dr. Laura Melton. Larson completed his undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah Iowa as a pupil of Dr. John Strauss. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.