Billy Larkin is an award-winning pianist/composer who has been bringing his individual brand of musical artistry to audiences for over 40 years. He is a composer and arranger who defies easy categorization and helps define true expression through the collaborative process.
Following his studies in piano, music theory, and composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Billy worked in New York City as music director for cabarets and wrote and performed music for the modern dance company Cheryl Wallace Dance Works. He went on to co-found Stone Street Foundation for the Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio which received numerous grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for large scale original productions featuring dance and live music.
A master of multiple musical styles, Billy has performed his music around the world, including two trips to Ukraine and Russia as cultural ambassador for the Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Committee. He has written music for film, video, and commercials and continues to work as a producer and arranger for various recording artists. Additionally, Billy has written for and performed on numerous full-length albums both as a solo artist and as director of the ensembles Etheréal, Ekimi, and Sleep Theatre. Recent projects include: a Broadway-style musical based on a popular children’s book, a live original score for a dance work for the Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, and working as musical director for Broadway veteran Susan Emerson’s one woman show The Ripple Effect. For the last five years, Billy has been working with a production team in Los Angeles on a new musical.
Billy lives in Davis, California. He is currently performing with Brazilian singer Marcia Jacomo, master percussionist Alex Calatayud, and bassist Patrick Langham in the Sacramento based bossa nova group Mais Bossa. He is also the music director for the Center for Spiritual Living Yolo.