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.
Anna Larsen performs Bach Prelude and Fugue in F minor (WTC 1) - July 2014
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
With Lang Lang - Pt 2
With Lang Lang Part 3
With Lang Lang - Pt 4
With Lang Lang - Pt 5
Rachmaninoff - with Derek Wang & Charlie Liu
Bach - Italian Concert
Bach - Italian Concert - Pt 2
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 better!
Anna - Waltz No. 1
Anna - Oceon
Chopin - Waltz Op. 42
Anna Milan Larsen. Barely 5 years old (pre K)
Bach Invention (Inventio) No 8. Recorded summer 2005
Anna Milan Larsen First Grade Recital Recorded in 2007 "Die wut uber den verlorenen Groschen (Beethoven - Rage Over A Lost Penny)" - Anna aged 7.
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).
Anna 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!
ABBA - Take A Chance On Me