Born: September 16th, 1963
Country of origin: Austria
A Padmore Cycle
Conductor: Edward Gardner
November 1st, 2014 | Barbican - London - United Kingdom
Conductor: Justin Brown
November 23rd, 2014 | Badisches Staatheater - Karlsruhe - Germany
Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Thomas Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol. He studied composition and piano in Vienna. Thomas Larcher is widely celebrated as one of the most interesting compositional voices at work today.
His early works are primarily characterized by his concentrated focus on the piano and its tonal qualities. In precisely this area, Larcher first proved himself adept at crossing boundaries of specific styles while consciously tracking orthodox paths of the so called avant garde. Larcher began moving beyond his origins as a pianist with a series of string quartets Cold Farmer (1999), Ixxu (1998–2004) and Madhares (2006–2007), followed by 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.
Larcher first turned his attention to the human voice as an instrument in 2002 with My Illness is the Medicine I Need for soprano and piano trio. He then went on to compose vocal works such as Die Nacht der Verlorenen (2008) for baritone Matthias Goerne and the London Sinfonietta and the song cycle for tenor and piano, A Padmore Cycle (2012).
Red and Green, his first major orchestra score written for the San Francisco Symphony and conducted by Osmo Vanska, premiered in 2011. Stephen Smoliar described Red and Green in the San Francisco Examiner as “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.”
The Double Concerto for violin and cello was also commissioned and premiered in 2011 at the BBC Proms with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley under the direction of Ilan Volkov. Larcher was recognized for this work with the British Composer Awards’ International Category Award in 2012.
Larcher’s current projects include a new work for baritone Matthias Goerne and orchestra (commissioned by ZaterdagMatinee Amsterdam, the NSO Washington and Gewandhaus Leipzig) and a new string quartet for the Belcea Quartet’s 20th anniversary. Future plans also include a concerto for orchestra for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov in June 2016.
Larcher’s works have been recorded by ECM, and his new CD What becomes with Mark Padmore and Tamara Stefanovich will be released on Harmonia Mundi in early 2014. His recordings have been awarded several international prizes, including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Choc de la musique and the Diapason d’Or.
Larcher has been Composer in Residence at festivals in Davos, Heimbach, Risör, Mondsee and Bantry and at the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Wigmore Hall in London.
In 1994, Thomas Larcher founded the “Klangspuren” festival, and served as its Artistic Director until 2003. In 2004 he created the Swarovski “Musik im Riesen” Festival in Wattens, Austria, which he still runs.
Thomas Larcher is managed by Cathy Nelson Artists and Projects