American conductor Geoffrey Larson is the founding Music Director of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. He also serves as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Berkshire Opera Festival in Massachusetts. He was selected as one of three finalists for the 2017 Respighi Prize in Conducting. He is currently at Doctor of Music candidate in orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In the summer of 2016, he served as Assistant Conductor for two young artists opera productions in Prague, Czech Republic, including Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre, site of the work's premiere. He worked closely with directors Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, and conductors John Nardolillo and James Burton. In 2014, he presented a lecture and complete performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at Pittsburgh Opera Studio. Mr. Larson has served as the Assistant Conductor of the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, and has appeared with ensembles such as the Bainbridge Symphony, Thalia Symphony, and Northwest Mahler Festival. His opera credits include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Chabrier’s L’étoile, and Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
Mr. Larson has given the world premieres of numerous works and has demonstrated a passion for new music, creating the ongoing Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra initiative to perform new works of rising young composers. He worked with composers Reza Vali and Huck Hodge to choose the winners of SMCO’s International Composition Competitions in 2014 and 2016. He has collaborated in performance with composers such as Erberk Eryılmaz, Nancy Galbraith, and Leonardo Balada.
Mr. Larson is a current student of Arthur Fagen, David Neely, and Thomas Wilkins at Indiana University. He previously studied with two-time Grammy Award winner Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducted performances and recording sessions of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Contemporary Music Ensemble. He was named a Fellow at the Bard Conductors Institute as the course’s youngest member in 2007, and joined three other young conductors in master classes at London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2008 at the personal selection of George Hurst. He has studied at the Pierre Monteux School under the tutelage of Michael Jinbo, and he studied opera conducting with Wolfgang Harrer for five months in Vienna, Austria. He additionally counts Peter Erös, Ronald Zollman, Raphael Jimenez, and Rodolfo Saglimbeni among his teachers in conducting. He has assisted conductors such as Uriel Segal, Ronald Zollman, Gerard Schwarz, and Brian Garman.
As a clarinetist, Mr. Larson holds a degree from Michigan State University where he was a student of Caroline Hartig. He has given performances with ensembles such as the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, and Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in Michigan, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, and Washington, including a chamber music broadcast on Seattle’s KING FM. He has also given solo performances in Kanazawa, Japan and Vienna, Austria.