American pianist Eric Larsen has established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He tours regularly in Russia, Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. He has played extensively in the Middle East, South America and the Scandinavian countries where his research of the Edvard Grieg Manuscript Collection in the Bergen Bibliotek (Norway) was generously supported by grants from the Mary Duke Biddle and Andrew Mellon Foundations. Having performed in all the major New York concert halls, he is best-known in New York for his retrospective concerts of Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel. He is in demand internationally for both solo piano and chamber music master classes and has been on the jury of numerous American and European international piano competitions. He has been involved with the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the American String Teachers Association and the National Convention of the Music Teachers Association as both a panelist and a performer.
Mr. Larsen has been active in commissioning and premiering many new American works and has recorded for Equilibrium, New World Records, Bay Cities Records, Albany, Citadel and HM Productions (USA), Melodiya and Russian Disk (Russia), and the Hessisches Rundfunk (Germany). He has recorded a new work by North Carolina composer Robert Ward in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his solo performances, Mr. Larsen appears regularly with the Meadowmount Trio with whom he has recorded Dvorak Trios, Turina Piano Chamber Music, Chausson Concerto and Trio and a CD of American Chamber Music. He has also recorded the Complete Brahms Trios with the American Chamber Trio, the Complete Works for Violin and Piano by Arthur Foote with Kevin Lawrence and Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Daniel Morganstern. Mr. Larsen has been engaged by the International Music Company of New York to edit the three Brahms Piano Trios, the first (Op. 101) was published in June 2002 and won a Paul Revere Award; the second (Op. 8) was published in October 2003.
As a teacher at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. Larsen has enjoyed considerable success in the studio. In the past few years alone his students have appeared with such groups as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony of Taiwan, the Ukraine National Symphony, the Russian Federation Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. His students have traveled with him on three occasions to Russia for concerts, master classes and radio recordings in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tombov. They have been invited to compete in the Van Cliburn (USA), Rubinstein (Israel), Leeds (England) and Cleveland International Piano Competitions and have won major prizes in the Unisa-Pretoria (South Africa), Busoni International (Italy), Casagrande International (Italy), Ibla Grand Prize (Italy), A.M.A. Calabria (Italy), the International Bach (Germany), Cincinnati World (USA), Bartok-Kabalevsky International (USA), Josef Hofmann (USA), the New Orleans International and the Alabama International (USA) piano competitions.
Mr. Larsen received his B.M. with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin. Upon his graduation from the Manhattan School of Music he was appointed to the artist-faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was the recipient of the North Carolina School of the Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching in the year 2000. Mr. Larsen is also on the summer faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. His teachers include Dora Zaslavsky, Artur Balsam and Carroll Chilton (USA), Pierre Sancan (Paris), and Benjamin Kaplan (London).