Imants Larsens holding instrument

Imants Larsens

Viola

Principal Viola – Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Viola – Ensemble Q; Former Associate Principal Viola – Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Musikhochschule Zentralschweiz, Lucerne

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Born In Switzerland, Australian violinist/violist lmants Larsens began playing the violin at the age of three in Adelaide, studying first with his grandmother Alita Larsens, then with Keith Crellin.

He continued his studies at the Musikhochschule Zentralschweiz in Lucerne under the guidance of his father Gunars Larsens, graduating with Lehrdiplom and Konzertreifediplom degrees with distinction. Whilst in Europe. lmants participated actively in masterclasses with renowned musIcIans, including Pinchas Zukerman and the Vermeer Quartet.

lmants has won numerous awards and prizes in competitions both in Australia and overseas. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in France, Switzerland and Australia and has appeared in numerous International festivals. lmants was concertmaster for national and South East Asia tours of Don Giovanni with CoOpera and also toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was concertmaster when the AYO performed with the Cat Empire.

lmants moved to Brisbane in 2019 to take up the position of Principal Viola with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, having previously held the position of Associate Principal Viola with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He has performed as guest Principal Viola with the Sydney, Tasmanian, West Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. He has also been a member of Ensemble Q since 2021. Career highlights include performing as a soloist on numerous occasions with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, as well as performing the Mendelssohn Octet and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence with Pinchas Zukerman.

lmants plays on a 1937 Arthur E Smith viola

Last updated 2022