Midori Larsen

Composer/pianist/taiko drummer

A composer, pianist, and Japanese taiko player, Midori Larsen writes music for chamber ensembles featuring Japanese and Western musical instruments and elements. Integrating melodies and rhythms inspired by Japanese traditional music with Western harmonies, her music explores her multicultural identities and life purpose as a Japanese immigrant woman artist in New York City. Her recent compositions include "Crossing the Seas", a series of chamber music compositions featuring woodwinds, piano, and taiko drums. highlighting the journeys of her late grandmother and herself leaving hometowns as young women and starting new lives in foreign metropolises.

Midori was a 2021 Queens Arts Fund for New Work recipient from the Queens Council on the Arts and an Artist-in Residence for Asian American Arts Alliance in Winter 2020-2021.