Selected Student Bios

Midori Larsen

Pianist Midori Larsen received her Master of Arts in Piano Performance from NYU Steinhardt and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Piano Performance. Specializing in Spanish piano music, she studies with Eduardus Halim, and her training also includes the study of Flamenco music and dance with Metropolitan Opera dancer Sara Erde. Midori majored in Music and Art at Pitzer College (the Claremont Colleges), where she graduated with Honors in Music. Her former teachers include Hao Huang and Reitei Yoh.

Midori Larsen gave her first orchestral appearance in 2000, performing Beethoven's Choral Fantasy at the Bridges Hall of Music (CA) with the Claremont Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir. She concertizes regularly in New York, recently in recitals at the Donnell Library and Polish Consulate, as well as Japan, her native country.  Additionally, she collaborates with composers and dancers, creating innovative performances combining music and dance.

In addition to performing, Midori Larsen is a coordinator of the Steinhardt at Saklad series. This highly successful recital series presents pianists from NYU Steinhardt, in solo and chamber performances, at the Saklad Auditorium at NYU's College of Dentistry. In Spring 2008, she was awarded the President's Service Award for curating this, as well as for her creative and scholarly achievements.