Biography

Lara Driscoll is a French-American pianist, composer, and educator from Chicago. She is known for her “captivating style and uncluttered finesse” (COCO Jazz CKVL FM Montreal) and her “magical touch...musical solos” (All About Jazz). Her forthcoming album, Woven Dreams, features Montreal's Dave Laing (drums) and Vancouver's Paul Rushka (bass). A versatile artist with a passion for expressive communication through music, Lara performs with a diverse array of projects including her jazz trio, Firm Roots Duo, Tango Espejo, Rachel Therrien, Poste-AM Quintet, Bossa Nuevo, Mark O'Connor, Chris Davis, and many others. Lara received the University of Illinois John Garvey Jazz Scholarship, North Texas Jazz Festival outstanding soloist and Union League Civic & Arts (Luminarts) 1st place Graduate Jazz Composition, Performance, and People’s Choice awards. Lara's trio was recently invited to perform her original compositions at the Jazz Education Network Conference. She has performed in venues such as The Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago Symphony Center, Krannert Center, Pick-staiger Hall, Peoria Bach Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, Upstairs Jazz Bar, The LilyPad, Piano-Forte Studios and has shared the stage with artists such as Terell Stafford, Jim Pugh, Dick Oates, Chip McNeill, Larry Gray, Andre White, Joel Miller, Jean Michel Pilc and Fred Wesley. While recently completing her graduate work in jazz piano performance at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, she performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and taught as a lecturer of jazz piano, theory, and history for McGill. Lara has since joined the music faculty at DePaul University, Loyola University and Harold Washington College (City Colleges) where she teaches courses in piano, jazz, theory, world music, and humanities.