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Thomas  Larcher

Born: September 16th, 1963
Country of origin: Austria
Upcoming :
Conductor: Olari Elts
Orchestra: REMIX ensemble
2018-10-16 | Porto (Portugal), Casa de Música — 19:30
Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2019-01-25 | Helsinki (Finland) | national Premiere
“His extraordinary, arresting, communicative music is one of this century’s wonders.” (The Times)
“An unpredictable, free-thinking composer” (New Yorker)
“One of the few current composers whose work sounds like no-one elses” (The Times)

Thomas Larcher stands out as one of the most imaginative voices in classical music today. Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol and studied composition and piano in Vienna. His music is inventive and captivating, as he combines contemplative harmonies with extended performance techniques – at once experimental and responsive to tradition.

Larcher’s early works are characterized by his preoccupation with the piano and its tonal qualities, with compositions such as Naunz for piano solo (1989), Kraken for violin, cello and piano (1994/5), Mumien for cello and piano (2001). A series of string quartets, Cold Farmer (1999), Ixxu (1998-2004), Madhares (2006/7) and Lucid Dreams (2015) a string quartet for the Belcea Quartet’s twentieth anniversary season, continued his path of exploration. The quartets contain highly original sounds, often derived from extended string playing techniques.

Larcher began using the colourful timbres of the orchestra, starting with his solo concertos - Still (2002) for viola and orchestra, Böse Zellen for piano and chamber orchestra (2006), and the Violin Concerto (2008) written for Isabelle Faust. The cello concerto Ouroboros (2016), written for the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and chamber orchestra was commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

His first large orchestral score, written for the San Francisco Symphony in 2011 and conducted by Osmo Vänskä, was Red and Green, a pair of movements with contrasting tonal colouring. Critic Stephen Smoliar commented 'The result is a highly unique listening experience with a perfectly valid aesthetic of beauty…my only regret was having but one opportunity to experience this stunning music'. Later that year, the Double Concerto for violin and cello was commissioned and premiered at the BBC Proms with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley under the direction of Ilan Volkov, for which Larcher was awarded the International category of the British Music Awards 2012. Larcher’s most major orchestral work to date, Symphony No.2 ‘Kenotaph’, was premiered in June 2016 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov, and given its UK premiere at the 2016 BBC Proms with Bychkov conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His most recent orchestral work Chiasma, written for the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons, premiered in March 2018 and subsequently toured throughout Europe. It will be given its UK premiere in May 2019, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, at the Barbican in London.

Larcher’s skill in writing for the voice is evident in his astonishing and highly original works for ensemble and orchestra including My Illness is the Medicine I Need (2002) for soprano and piano trio, a much performed work that has recently been arranged by the composer in a version for chamber orchestra; Heute (2005) for soprano and orchestra; and Die Nacht der Verlorenen (2008) for Matthias Goerne and London Sinfonietta. In 2014, A Padmore Cycle, originally for tenor and prepared piano, was recomposed as an orchestral score with voice and was premiered by the BBCSO under Edward Gardner in November 2014, and in 2015 Alle Tage (2010-2015) for baritone and orchestra was premiered by Matthias Goerne with Jaap van Sweden and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Larcher has been Composer in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Mozarteum Orchester, Wigmore Hall, and many festivals including Davos, Heimbach, Risör, Mondsee and Bantry. In 2015 he received the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize 2014/15, awarded every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition. In 2018 Larcher is Composer in Residence at Bregenz Festival for whom he has written his first opera The Hunting Gun, which will premiere in August with Michael Boder conducting a cast lead by tenor Mark Padmore.

Larcher is highly regarded as a pianist; his repertoire is broad, ranging from his Schubert/Schönberg CD with ECM to accompanying Mark Padmore in Schubert's Schwanengesang. Through thoughtful programming that reveals links, contrasts and comparisons, he has a special ability to cast new light on the established repertoire whilst his performances of the music of our time are particularly illuminating.

In 1994 Larcher founded the festival ‘Klangspuren’, now an international renowned festival for contemporary music. He stepped down in 2003 to establish the Swarowski ‘Music im Riesen‘ festival in Wattens, Austria which he still runs, a gathering of the best international chamber musicians in May each year.

In recent years Larcher has begun conducting, working with orchestras such as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester, Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie and with soloists including Isabelle Faust and Igor Levit.

Larcher’s works have been recorded on ECM and Harmonia Mundi. His recordings have been awarded several international prizes, including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Choc de la musique and the Diapason d’Or.

Thomas Larcher is managed by Cathy Nelson Artists and Projects.

1963
Born in Innsbruck, Austria on 16 September
1981-86
Studies composition and piano at the Musikhochschule in Vienna
1994-2003
Founder and director of "KLANGSPUREN" contemporary music festival
2002
Premiere of "My Illness is the Medicine I Need" for soprano and piano trio (Juliane Banse, Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolaj Schneider, Thomas Larcher)
2003
Premiere of "Still" for viola and orchestra (Kim Kashkashian, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies)
2004
Founder and director of the chamber music festival "Music im Riesen" in Wattens, Austria
2006
Premiere of "Böse Zellen" for piano and chamber orchestra (Thomas Larcher, Münchener Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies)

Composer in Residence at the Mondsee Festival
2007
Awarded Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
2008
Premiere of "Die Nacht der Verlorenen" for baritone and ensemble (Matthias Goerne, London Sinfonietta, Martyn Brabbins)
2009
Premiere of "Konzert für Violine und Orchester" (Isabelle Faust, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bertrand de Billy)
2011
Premiere of "Red and Green" for orchestra (San Francisco Symphony, Osmo Vänskä)

Thomas Larcher Day at Wigmore Hall
2011-12
Residencies with the Mozarteumsorchester Salzburg and Konzerthaus Wien
2012
Premiere of "Konzert für Violine, Violoncello und Orchester" (Viktoria Mullova, Matthew Barley, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov) which wins a British Music Award 2012
2014
Premiere of "A Padmore Cycle", orchestral version (Mark Padmore, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ed Gardner)
2015
Awarded Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize 2014/15.

Premiere of "Alle Tage" for baritone and orchestra (Matthias Goerne, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden)
2016
Premiere of "Ouroboros" for cello and chamber orchestra (Jean-Guihen Queyras, Amsterdam Sinfonietta)

Premiere of Symphony No. 2 “Kenotaph” (Wiener Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov)
2018
Premiere of "The Hunting Gun" (Michael Boder, Ensemble Modern)
Conductor: Olari Elts
Orchestra: REMIX ensemble
2018-10-16 | Porto (Portugal), Casa de Música — 19:30
Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2019-01-25 | Helsinki (Finland) | national Premiere
Conductor: Karina Canellakis
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-08 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-22 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:30
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra: Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
2019-02-28 | Innsbruck (Austria), Congress,Saal Tirol
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra: Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
2019-03-01 | Innsbruck (Austria), Congress,Saal Tirol
Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2019-03-15 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), Meany Hall, University of Seattle — 19:30
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-24 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-25 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-30 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Micholas Milton
Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic
2019-05-16 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum | national Premiere
Conductor: Micholas Milton
Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic
2019-05-17 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-24 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere

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  1. Cold Farmer

    Cold Farmer

    for string quartet
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9968 Q6365
    €16.99  *
  2. Poems

    Poems

    12 Pieces for Pianists and other children
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 21081 Q11766
    €13.99  *
  3. Vier Seiten

    Vier Seiten

    for solo cello
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: cello
    Order No.: CB 269 Q40682
    €6.99  *
  4. Kraken

    Kraken

    for piano trio
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: violin, cello and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13714 Q40284
    €21.99  *
  5. Mumien

    Mumien

    for cello and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: CB 182 Q6279
    €13.99  *
  6. Noodivihik

    Noodivihik

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20276 Q6388
    €9.99  *
  7. Mumien

    Mumien

    for cello and piano
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: CB 182
    €17.99  *
  8. Cold Farmer

    Cold Farmer

    for string quartet
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9968
    €21.50  *
  9. IXXU

    IXXU

    2nd String Quartet
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 20054
    €42.00  *
  10. Noodivihik

    Noodivihik

    for piano
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20276
    €12.00  *

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Profile
“His extraordinary, arresting, communicative music is one of this century’s wonders.” (The Times)
“An unpredictable, free-thinking composer” (New Yorker)
“One of the few current composers whose work sounds like no-one elses” (The Times)

Thomas Larcher stands out as one of the most imaginative voices in classical music today. Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol and studied composition and piano in Vienna. His music is inventive and captivating, as he combines contemplative harmonies with extended performance techniques – at once experimental and responsive to tradition.

Larcher’s early works are characterized by his preoccupation with the piano and its tonal qualities, with compositions such as Naunz for piano solo (1989), Kraken for violin, cello and piano (1994/5), Mumien for cello and piano (2001). A series of string quartets, Cold Farmer (1999), Ixxu (1998-2004), Madhares (2006/7) and Lucid Dreams (2015) a string quartet for the Belcea Quartet’s twentieth anniversary season, continued his path of exploration. The quartets contain highly original sounds, often derived from extended string playing techniques.

Larcher began using the colourful timbres of the orchestra, starting with his solo concertos - Still (2002) for viola and orchestra, Böse Zellen for piano and chamber orchestra (2006), and the Violin Concerto (2008) written for Isabelle Faust. The cello concerto Ouroboros (2016), written for the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and chamber orchestra was commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

His first large orchestral score, written for the San Francisco Symphony in 2011 and conducted by Osmo Vänskä, was Red and Green, a pair of movements with contrasting tonal colouring. Critic Stephen Smoliar commented 'The result is a highly unique listening experience with a perfectly valid aesthetic of beauty…my only regret was having but one opportunity to experience this stunning music'. Later that year, the Double Concerto for violin and cello was commissioned and premiered at the BBC Proms with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley under the direction of Ilan Volkov, for which Larcher was awarded the International category of the British Music Awards 2012. Larcher’s most major orchestral work to date, Symphony No.2 ‘Kenotaph’, was premiered in June 2016 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov, and given its UK premiere at the 2016 BBC Proms with Bychkov conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His most recent orchestral work Chiasma, written for the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons, premiered in March 2018 and subsequently toured throughout Europe. It will be given its UK premiere in May 2019, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, at the Barbican in London.

Larcher’s skill in writing for the voice is evident in his astonishing and highly original works for ensemble and orchestra including My Illness is the Medicine I Need (2002) for soprano and piano trio, a much performed work that has recently been arranged by the composer in a version for chamber orchestra; Heute (2005) for soprano and orchestra; and Die Nacht der Verlorenen (2008) for Matthias Goerne and London Sinfonietta. In 2014, A Padmore Cycle, originally for tenor and prepared piano, was recomposed as an orchestral score with voice and was premiered by the BBCSO under Edward Gardner in November 2014, and in 2015 Alle Tage (2010-2015) for baritone and orchestra was premiered by Matthias Goerne with Jaap van Sweden and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Larcher has been Composer in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Mozarteum Orchester, Wigmore Hall, and many festivals including Davos, Heimbach, Risör, Mondsee and Bantry. In 2015 he received the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize 2014/15, awarded every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition. In 2018 Larcher is Composer in Residence at Bregenz Festival for whom he has written his first opera The Hunting Gun, which will premiere in August with Michael Boder conducting a cast lead by tenor Mark Padmore.

Larcher is highly regarded as a pianist; his repertoire is broad, ranging from his Schubert/Schönberg CD with ECM to accompanying Mark Padmore in Schubert's Schwanengesang. Through thoughtful programming that reveals links, contrasts and comparisons, he has a special ability to cast new light on the established repertoire whilst his performances of the music of our time are particularly illuminating.

In 1994 Larcher founded the festival ‘Klangspuren’, now an international renowned festival for contemporary music. He stepped down in 2003 to establish the Swarowski ‘Music im Riesen‘ festival in Wattens, Austria which he still runs, a gathering of the best international chamber musicians in May each year.

In recent years Larcher has begun conducting, working with orchestras such as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester, Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie and with soloists including Isabelle Faust and Igor Levit.

Larcher’s works have been recorded on ECM and Harmonia Mundi. His recordings have been awarded several international prizes, including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Choc de la musique and the Diapason d’Or.

Thomas Larcher is managed by Cathy Nelson Artists and Projects.

Works
Chronology
1963
Born in Innsbruck, Austria on 16 September
1981-86
Studies composition and piano at the Musikhochschule in Vienna
1994-2003
Founder and director of "KLANGSPUREN" contemporary music festival
2002
Premiere of "My Illness is the Medicine I Need" for soprano and piano trio (Juliane Banse, Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolaj Schneider, Thomas Larcher)
2003
Premiere of "Still" for viola and orchestra (Kim Kashkashian, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies)
2004
Founder and director of the chamber music festival "Music im Riesen" in Wattens, Austria
2006
Premiere of "Böse Zellen" for piano and chamber orchestra (Thomas Larcher, Münchener Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies)

Composer in Residence at the Mondsee Festival
2007
Awarded Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
2008
Premiere of "Die Nacht der Verlorenen" for baritone and ensemble (Matthias Goerne, London Sinfonietta, Martyn Brabbins)
2009
Premiere of "Konzert für Violine und Orchester" (Isabelle Faust, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bertrand de Billy)
2011
Premiere of "Red and Green" for orchestra (San Francisco Symphony, Osmo Vänskä)

Thomas Larcher Day at Wigmore Hall
2011-12
Residencies with the Mozarteumsorchester Salzburg and Konzerthaus Wien
2012
Premiere of "Konzert für Violine, Violoncello und Orchester" (Viktoria Mullova, Matthew Barley, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov) which wins a British Music Award 2012
2014
Premiere of "A Padmore Cycle", orchestral version (Mark Padmore, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ed Gardner)
2015
Awarded Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize 2014/15.

Premiere of "Alle Tage" for baritone and orchestra (Matthias Goerne, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden)
2016
Premiere of "Ouroboros" for cello and chamber orchestra (Jean-Guihen Queyras, Amsterdam Sinfonietta)

Premiere of Symphony No. 2 “Kenotaph” (Wiener Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov)
2018
Premiere of "The Hunting Gun" (Michael Boder, Ensemble Modern)
Performances
Conductor: Olari Elts
Orchestra: REMIX ensemble
2018-10-16 | Porto (Portugal), Casa de Música — 19:30
Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2019-01-25 | Helsinki (Finland) | national Premiere
Conductor: Karina Canellakis
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-08 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-22 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:30
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra: Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
2019-02-28 | Innsbruck (Austria), Congress,Saal Tirol
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra: Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
2019-03-01 | Innsbruck (Austria), Congress,Saal Tirol
Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2019-03-15 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), Meany Hall, University of Seattle — 19:30
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-24 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-25 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2019-04-30 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Micholas Milton
Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic
2019-05-16 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum | national Premiere
Conductor: Micholas Milton
Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic
2019-05-17 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-24 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Gallery Products

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  1. Cold Farmer

    Cold Farmer

    for string quartet
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9968 Q6365
    €16.99  *
  2. Poems

    Poems

    12 Pieces for Pianists and other children
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 21081 Q11766
    €13.99  *
  3. Vier Seiten

    Vier Seiten

    for solo cello
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: cello
    Order No.: CB 269 Q40682
    €6.99  *
  4. Kraken

    Kraken

    for piano trio
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: violin, cello and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13714 Q40284
    €21.99  *
  5. Mumien

    Mumien

    for cello and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: CB 182 Q6279
    €13.99  *
  6. Noodivihik

    Noodivihik

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20276 Q6388
    €9.99  *
  7. Mumien

    Mumien

    for cello and piano
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: CB 182
    €17.99  *
  8. Cold Farmer

    Cold Farmer

    for string quartet
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9968
    €21.50  *
  9. IXXU

    IXXU

    2nd String Quartet
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 20054
    €42.00  *
  10. Noodivihik

    Noodivihik

    for piano
    Composer: Larcher, Thomas
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20276
    €12.00  *

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