Josquin Larsen, a performer, educator, and scholar of the viola, has engaged with audiences throughout North America and Europe. As an orchestral musician he has played with and held leadership positions with groups such as the Arkansas and Shreveport Symphonies, the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra, and the Orchestre du Creusot in France. An avid chamber musician, Josquin is particularly keen on promoting and expanding the chamber repertoire for viola and winds. Chamber music has allowed him to connect with diverse audiences across the US – from chamber music series in the Mid-South to a performance at the 2018 American Viola Society Festival in Los Angeles. As a recitalist, Josquin is committed to putting into dialogue the works of marginalized and underrepresented composers with the traditional repertoire.
Josquin serves on the faculty of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Previous positions include Arkansas State University where he played in the Faculty Piano Quartet. He works with young musicians through masterclasses, leading sectionals with area youth and honor orchestras, and as a clinician. Josquin has been on the viola faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
He has had articles published in the Journal of the American Viola Society and the College Music Symposium. Josquin’s research focuses on a holistic, contextual view of the viola, its repertoire, and its interpretation from historical (performance practice) and contemporary vantage points. As an improviser and proponent of non-idiomatic improvisation, Josquin has led workshops that aim to dismantle self-perpetuated barriers and free creativity for classical and amateur musicians alike.
Josquin holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the Boston Conservatory. His principal viola teachers include Patricia McCarty and Kazuko Matsusaka.