Brooklyn based pianist Karl Larson is a specialist in the music of our time, consistently presenting adventurous programs. Karl has premiered many solo piano and chamber pieces, including works by David Rakowski, Ken Thomson, Robert Honstein, Chris Cerrone, and David Lang. He is also well versed in the modern canon, having presented concerts featuring the music of Olivier Messiaen, Morton Feldman, Pierre Boulez, and György Ligeti. Recent performances and projects of note include Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi, the world premiere of Scott Wollschleger’s Meditations on Dust for solo piano and string orchestra, and the release of Restless, an album of new music by Ken Thomson praised as ‘marvelous’ and ‘powerful’ by Pitchfork.
A sought after collaborator, Larson has worked with many notable musicians and ensembles including ICE, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Signal, the American Composers Orchestra, Ashley Bathgate, Vicky Chow, and Erik Carlson. Recent performances of note include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, EMPAC, the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, and the Teatro General San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been featured on many notable series and festivals such as the Bang on a Can Marathon, the MATA Festival, WQXR’s New Sounds, the Contagious Sounds Series, the Frequency Series, Make Music New York, the Outpost Concert Series, the Vanguard Series, the Red Note New Music Festival, the Ball State New Music Festival, the Music in the Shape of a Pear Festival, and the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival.
Larson is also a founding member of Bearthoven, a piano, bass, and percussion trio dedicated to the frequent promotion and performance of brand new works. Since the group’s formation in 2013, Bearthoven has commissioned over thirty new works from a diverse array of composers including Michael Gordon, Sarah Hennies, and Katherine Balch. Their second album, American Dream, was released on Cantaloupe Music in February, 2019.
Karl received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from 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. His recordings can be heard on Cantaloupe Music, New Amsterdam Records, New Focus Recordings, and GALTTA Media.