Twelve year old Anna Larsen is a scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and an ASCAP award winning composer. She started playing piano by ear when she was three and began composing when she was six. When she was ten years old, she had her orchestral debut with the Newton Symphony Orchestra, released her first album of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier, and composed her first symphony. She lives in Boston and studies piano with Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the New England Conservatory and composing with Martin Boykan.
Anna performed her first solo public recital when she was six. Since then, she has given many concerts and won numerous awards from local competitions in New England, the AADGT competition, and the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competitions. In 2008, she won a scholarship from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. With the Foundation’s generous support, she has performed with great success at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Segestrom Hall, Millennium Park, Zellerbach Hall, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also performed in many education and outreach programs in her community, across the United States, and debuted internationally in China last summer, performing at the Water Cube.
Anna has also been a prolific composer with numerous works. Anna’s first symphony for full orchestra won the high profile Charlotte Bergen ASCAP Award in 2011, given once a year as the top prize for composers ages 18 and under. The New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton premiered the symphony in February 2012. Her first piano concerto was honored with another ASCAP award in 2012, which she performed with a youth orchestra. She also won a gold medal from the AADGT foundation for her original quartet, which she performed at the Weil Recital Hall in 2012. She has also won first place in the state MTNA composing competition the last 4 years in a row, second prize at MTNA nationals, first place in Pikes Peak Young Composer Competition, and recognized as emerging composer by Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition.
Anna aspires to perform and compose, sharing music with audiences around the world. Her YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/larsenpiano) has over 150 videos and 750,000+ views. In addition to music, Anna enjoys reading, writing, drawing cartoons, and swimming.