Anna Larsen

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

                                     Part 3                                                                       Part 4

Part 5

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 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"  

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

  Prokofiev - Gavotte

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

Bach - French Suite

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
(3) Twirling
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.
Anna's 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 effect. :^)  

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 enjoy.  

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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