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 the Bang on a Can All-Stars, ICE, Ensemble Signal, the American Composers Orchestra, Ashley Bathgate, Vicky Chow, Erik Carlson, Mantra Percussion, the Eco Ensemble, the Sleeping Giant Composer Collective, and Contemporaneous. He has been featured on many notable series and festivals including 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 dozens of new works from a wide variety of composers. The trio recently released their debut album, Trios, on Cantaloupe Music.
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 is on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.