Currently based in New York City, Zachary Larson is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who continually expands his musical horizons. His early pursuits playing in Rock bands transformed into a career spanning across Broadway, Bluegrass, Pop, Avant-Garde, Latin, and Classical music.
Over the last few years he has been working extensively in the worlds of musical theater and commercial music. After serving as a guitarist onboard cruise lines and the national tours of Finding Neverland and Escape To Margaritaville, he began actively performing in the Broadway pit orchestras of Chicago, the sensational Titaníque, and cabaret clubs throughout New York City. His playing can be heard on the original cast recording of the new Pop-Rock musical The Magnificent Seven, available here. While pursuing these theatrical experiences he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists Jimmy Buffett, Robbie Howard, Jinkx Monsoon, and Tricia Kelley. He also tries his hand as a 5-string banjo player in NYC’s burgeoning Bluegrass scene.
Prior to working in theater Zachary spent most of his time on classical stages. His flute and guitar duo – The Keith/Larson Duo made an impact on the international landscape of modern classical music through several tours, recordings, festival appearances, and newly commissioned pieces. As a classical guitar soloist he has had multiple engagements with chamber orchestras, concert choirs, and radio broadcasts. Still active on the scene, his recent performance of H. Freeman’s Voodoo Queen Aria on tenor banjo with the Harlem Chamber Players helped bring the historically underrepresented composer to light.
Outside of performances and recordings, he contributes new arrangements to the guitar repertoire and shares his knowledge with students as a teaching artist. His work is published through Clear Note Publications and SMP Press.
Originally from the Midwest, Zachary holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Denver, respectively. His primary teachers have been Hadley Heavin, Jonathan Leathwood, and Ricardo Iznaola.
Whether alone on stage, deep in an orchestra pit, or alongside a few of his friends, he considers himself lucky to have performed for so many people and looks forward to performing for many more.