Thomas Larcher

Thomas Larcher is widely celebrated as one of the most interesting compositional voices at work.

Born in Innsbruck, Thomas Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol and studied composition and piano in Vienna. His early career combined composition, performance, teaching and festival direction.  In 1994, Larcher founded the Klangspuren Schwaz Tirol New Music Festival, and served as its Artistic Director until in 2003. The following year, he founded the Swarovski Musik im Riesen Festival in Wattens, which he still runs today. 

2011 marked both the world première of his first major orchestral score, Red and Green, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the world première of his first BBC Proms commission, the Double Concerto for violin and cello for which Larcher won a 2012 British Composer Award.  His most ambitious orchestral work to date, Symphony No. 2 Kenotaph, was premièred in 2016 by the Vienna Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov who also conducted the work at the BBC Proms and with the New York Philharmonic. Larcher’s first opera The Hunting Gun was premièred at the 2018 Bregenz Festival, and received three performances at the Aldeburgh Festival the following year.

As well as being much in demand for orchestral compositions, Thomas Larcher has composed an extensive catalogue of chamber works –  ranging from works for piano, quartets, solo concertos and voice – which have been taken up by an impressive list of artists including Mark Padmore, Matthias Goerne, Leif Ove Andsnes, Viktoria Mullova, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust and the Belcea Quartet. He is an exclusive artist for ECM and has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi. 

Amongst his many accolades and residencies, Larcher has been Composer in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2018, his Symphony No. 2 was awarded the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Musical Composition Prize and in October 2019, Larcher was presented the prestigious Grand Austrian State Prize in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement. His new piano concerto for Kirill Gerstein – a commission initated by Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic – was premièred in Amsterdam in May 2021 and will receive its Danish, Norwegian and German premières during 2021-22 season.


On Saturday 22 May, Kirill Gerstein gives the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's new Piano Concerto in Amsterdam. Catch the live broadcast and stream here from 2.15pm CET.

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Thomas Larcher's Symphony No. 3 'A Line Above the Sky' receives its world premiere today (Friday 5 February) in Brno.

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“His extraordinary, arresting, communicative music is one of this century’s wonders.”