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Nathan Peter Larson (born September 12, 1970 in Maryland, U.S.) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and author widely known for his numerous film score compositions. He is married to Nina Persson, the lead singer of the Swedish rock band The Cardigans. In May 2011, Larson's debut novel entitled The Dewey Decimal System was published by Akashic Books.[1] The second book in the series was published summer 2012, and is entitled The Nervous System.

Nathan Larson
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Larson at the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival
Background information
Born (1970-09-12) September 12, 1970 (age 48)
Maryland, United States
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Film score composer, singer, songwriter


Music careerEdit

Larson was the lead guitarist for the 1990s band, Shudder to Think, and the original bassist for the hardcore punk band, Swiz.[2] Larson was also the creative force behind the group Mind Science of the Mind, and founder of the band Hot One.[3][4]

Larson and his wife Nina Persson have also been frequent musical collaborators, Persson providing vocals on several of Larson's film soundtracks, and Larson being a member of Persson's A Camp project and of the band on her solo album Animal Heart. Larson is also credited as co-writer of several songs on The Cardigans' 2005 album (and last to date), Super Extra Gravity.[5]

Larson is also a prolific composer of music for films and has contributed to over 25 movie scores to date.[6][7][8]

Select discographyEdit

With Shudder to Think
With Mind Science of the Mind
With A Camp
With Hot One
  • Hot One (Modern Imperial Records, 2006)
Film scores

Personal lifeEdit

Larson is married to The Cardigans lead singer, Nina Persson. They have a son named Nils who was born on September 30, 2010. Wed in Malmö, Sweden, the couple formerly resided in New York City in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, but currently reside in Malmö, Sweden.[9] He was previously engaged to actress and musician Kerri Kenney-Silver.[citation needed]


  • GRAS SAVOYE Award at Cannes 2004 for THE WOODSMAN score
  • the Georges Delerue Prize for the Best Music, Ghent Film Festival 2009, Belgium for A RATIONAL SOLUTION
  • Movieline’s Young Hollywood Award for Best song in a motion picture (Velvet Goldmine)
  • Produced Emmy-award winning song for Nickelodeon’s “Nickellinium”
  • The Deal received the BAFTA award for Best Television Drama


  1. ^ "THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM a novel by Nathan Larson". akashic books. Akashic Books. May 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "NINA PERSSON & NATHAN LARSON". Texas Music Project. Texas Music Project. 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mind Science of the Mind". Jeff Buckley. Jeff Buckley Music, Inc. April 21, 2010. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Hot One". richseam. 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
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  6. ^ Dyngan (April 4, 2008). "Nathan Larson on movie soundtracks". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Rebecca Kemp (2003). "In Conversation with Film Score Composer Nathan Larson". Close-Up Film. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "inAuthors: Film Composer Nathan Larson Riffs on The Writing Process". inReads. Public Broadcasting for Greater Washington. June 1, 2011. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Music". ArtsBoston. ArtsBoston. May 27, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2012.

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