Currently based in Denver, Colorado, Zachary Larson is an ambitious guitarist dedicated to exposing audiences to the rare and under-performed music in guitar literature. Many of his concert programs have included the works of Hans Werner Henze, John Duarte, Reginald Smith-Brindle, and Segundo Pastor, as well as several premieres of new chamber compositions.
Zachary’s advocacy for chamber music drove him to become an original member of Ensemble 768, a modern music ensemble that aided in the formation of his flute and guitar duo – the Keith/Larson duo, with flutist Leanna Keith. The Duo has performed across the United States and Canada, and has been featured performers at the Omaha Under the Radar, and Canadian Flute Convention music festivals. Their latest recording, Dawn till Dusk, is currently available on their website. He also performs in the Modern Hue and Nebula modern music ensembles, with violinist Alex Lipsky, and his guitar trio.
Zachary’s frequent solo and ensemble engagements led him be a featured soloist with the UNO Chamber Orchestra, a two-time winning soloist in the annual UNO Honor’s Recital competition, a prize winner in the Lamont Chamber Competition, and have performances broadcast on 90.7 fm KVNO.
Zachary earned his Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Denver as a graduate teaching assistant. His primary guitar instructors have been Hadley Heavin, Jonathan Leathwood, and Ricardo Iznaola. He recently began studying flamenco guitar with René Heredia.