11 years old - Needham, Ma
Anna Larsen was born in March of 2000. She started
playing the piano when she was three. Anna has an excellent ear for
music. We later figured out she has absolute perfect pitch as well as a
very good memory. No one else in the family has this ability. Anna
started lessons with Fani Liao and Sachiko Isihara at the Suzuki School
of Newton. In 2008, she began studying piano with A Ramon Rivera at the
New England Conservatory and composition with Alla Cohen. Last fall,
Anna was chosen as one of the first three scholars of the Lang Lang
Foundation. His mentoring has been fabulous, and we cannot say enough
good things about him as an inspiration, teacher, and role model. Anna
hopes to be like him someday. Anna has also been mentored by Elena
Rossman from the AADGT.
Below is Anna with Lang Lang.
Liszt Mephisto Waltz added November 2011
Last fall, Anna was a scholarship winner from the Lang
Lang Foundation (http://www.thelanglangfoundation.org/). This week,
Anna Larsen and Derek Wang, another winner, had a lesson with Lang Lang
at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston the day after his amazing concert
at Symphony Hall. Anna worked on the third movement of Mozart's Piano
Concerto 23 in A major. Anna was a little nervous at first, and you can
see her absolute focus at the end of this clip when he wanted her to
stop! Lang Lang was able to help her relax, and helped her make the
piano sing in a way I have never heard from her before. He was
extremely helpful, insightful, and very good talking and relating to
kids. His teaching style was very friendly and very intense, and his
advice was very frank in a good constructive way. The lesson was about
30 minutes long. Many thanks to Lang Lang!
With Lang Lang
Part 1 Part 2
Rachmaninoff - with Derek Wang & Charlie Liu
Bach - Italian Concert
1st mvt 2nd mvt
Bach Italian Concerto, third movement. Performed live in Spring
2008, by Anna Larsen, second grader. I removed the previous upload, and
changed the capture settings to improve the sound quality. Hope this is
Anna - Waltz No. 1 Anna - Oceon
Anna Milan Larsen. Barely 5 years old (pre K)
Bach Invention (Inventio) No 8. Recorded summer 2005
Anna Milan Larsen
Recital Recorded in 2007
"Die wut uber den verlorenen Groschen"
Anna Milan Larsen - second grade.
The Alexander and Buono Competitions
Prizewinners' Recital 2008. New York City. This impressionistic piece sounds like dancing snowflakes.
Anna Larsen, kindergarten (age 6) playing live at a concert
honoring Mozart's 250th birthday. This piece was recorded in 2005, 2
weeks after her 6th birthday. Challenges in this piece are leaps in the
left hand and the sustained notes/voicing.
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from Debussy's
Children's Corner. Notice the big gap of missing teeth at the end! Anna
Larsen is 6 years old here (first grade, Jan 2007).
This is the first movement of Bach's F minor keyboard concerto.
She would love to play this with an orchestra! For fun, she also
learned to play this piece with the keyboard part in the right hand and
orchestra part in the left.
Bach - Prelude C Sharp WTC 1 No. 3
This was recorded by Anna Larsen in 2005,
pre-K. She actually learned it while still 4 years old. The
coordination of the voices in two hands was a major milestone for her.
Bach - Invention in C Major No. 1
Anna played this Gavotte paired with a Prokofiev Gavotte in a
live recital 2007. This Gavotte is one of my favorites next to the
Gavotte in French Suite no 5. The slow Musette part is the same Musette
in the Suzuki piano repertoire (book 2).
Anna Larsen. This piece was chosen as a study for clear finger articulation. Live performance in 2007.
Bach - Prelude in D Major WTC 1, No. 18
Chopin - Winter Wind (Home Practice
Anna Larsen (age 8) playing Mozart concerto in A major. The accompanist is Hee-Young Chae.
Anna Larsen, age 8. Anna skipped all the repeats to stay within
YouTube time constraints. We have not had an opportunity yet to perform
the entire suite live - so this is an exclusive for YouTube friends :)
Does anyone have a suggestion for how to loosen up the shoulders? They
seem a little tense.
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, third movement
The New England Conservatory hosted a series of recitals to
celebrate Haydn's 200th death day (to borrow a term from JK Rowling).
In this series, they recruited NEC students and prep students to play
ALL of Haydn's known keyboard sonatas. Anna was one of several prep
students selected to play in just one of 8 recitals. Anna was assigned
this small sonata, which I think is HOB 20. We were amused that several
people in the audience fell sound asleep and accompanied the performers
with audible snores! As much as I love Anna's playing, I sympathize
with their verdict. Two hours of Haydn is not for your average
audience. Hardcore musicologists, no doubt, find it far more exciting.
Anna composed this Suite for entry in the ASCAP competition. There are three movements:
(1) Afternoon Stroll
(2) The Loss
This suite is in sonata type form. She composes first, and then thinks of appropriate titles later.
The programmatic aspect is therefore slightly artificial from how she actually writes the music.
music is melodic and tonal with shifts in key. As such, some judges
have labeled it "conventional". I think it means that it sounds nice
and doesn't have random wrong notes scattered around for artificial
Anna performed this in Spring 2008. Left hand booms a little bit on this piano.
In addition to celebrating Haydn's 200th death day, the New
England Conservatory also chose to honor Villa Lobos's "death day" with
special concerts featuring his works. Anna learned this piece for the
event. It was by far the strangest she has ever learned! The numerous
accidentals and atonality make it harder to learn, since it defies a
lot of her intuitive musical logic. It also has very strange rhythmic
shifts where (for example) he writes 3 "half notes" as a triplet in 4:4
time! Conducting was a nightmare. We'll try to get a better recording
at some point.
Anna Larsen performed this E minor sonata in
Lincoln 2 weeks ago along with Beethoven's Tempest sonata and Mozart's
piano concerto in A major. This third movement is fun to play! Hope you
Anna Larsen performed this sonata in a recital in Lincoln
Nebraska. This piece is still a work in progress and she has already
improved since then. It was a marathon recital for her with all three
movements of the Tempest, a Haydn sonata, and the Mozart concerto No.
23. This was the longest program she ever did live in one sitting!
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