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"Her poised and poetic delivery of the cadenza confirmed that a substantial talent has begun to blossom.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Perky, jauntily swinging jazz. . . . Her intelligent structures left substantial room for improvisation. Duncan embodied relaxed precision on the keyboard and proved warm and confident.”


ADRIANNE DUNCAN is a professional pianist, instructor, singer and composer in Los Angeles. She began playing the piano at the age of six and singing soon thereafter. The daughter of renowned classical guitarist Charles Duncan (whose books The Art of Classical Guitar Playing and A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar are used in university guitar programs worldswide), she honed her skills through private study, master classes with luminaries including Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Emanuel Ax and Ruth Laredo, and summers spent as a scholarship recipient at such institutions as Tanglewood and Brevard Music Centers. Adrianne graduated from Northwestern University on a music scholarship and is the winner of numerous awards and piano competitions. She has performed in multiple capacities: as a solo artist, in a duo, with chamber groups, in jazz ensembles, as a session player and as a soloist with a symphony orchestra. Her piano playing has been heard on National Public Radio and the soundtracks to feature films and television shows, and she has performed for such luminaries as President Clinton and Stevie Wonder.

A passionate and creative educator, Adrianne believes that the best teachers teach students to teach themselves, and that philosophy is fundamental to her teaching. Her students learn practice techniques and theoretical knowledge that develop their ability to progress on their own. She specializes in teaching concert-level techniques to all students, regardless of background or level, and fuses the contemporary and classical music worlds to broaden the musical landscape for her students and and allow them to think more creatively.

Adrianne’s students include professional musicians who come to her for her extensive knowledge of piano technique, classical repertoire and advanced theory, including members of Maroon 5, Juliette Lewis & The Licks, film composers and instructors at Musicians Institute. She coached actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw for her onscreen piano playing of Handel in her leading role in the feature film Belle. She has a background and profound interest in working with special-needs clients, which have included children with autism, dyslexia, ADD and other learning disabilities, adults with physical disabilities such as MS, older students, and children as young as three. She has a special talent in communicating with students who speak English as a second language, due to her own background in languages and her ability to work with the individual to communicate complex ideas in simple and creative ways.

In addition to her teaching and classical background, Adrianne is a jazz pianist, singer, composer and songwriter and has performed in numerous national and international venues. She draws upon her work in these areas to teach theory, chart reading, self-accompaniment for singers, songwriting and composition. She has performed and recorded with some of Los Angeles and New York’s most noted musicians, including the Grammy-nominated Lado B Brazilian Project (with whom she toured Brazil in 2017), and has worked as a session pianist and singer in multiple genres. She is also a producer and arranger, most recently writing, arranging and producing albums for actor/singers Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games) and Lawrence Wolf (Pound, Putney Swope), and was the musical director of the original musical Twins for its premiere in Berlin in 2016. In addition to performing her own work, she performs regularly with her seven-person vocal improvisation ensemble Fish To Birds. She is the founder and producer of LA Modern Jazz Series, a concert series featuring world-class creative jazz musicians.

Adrianne teaches primarily out of her home studio in Laurel Canyon. Lessons can be taught at students’ homes for an additional travel fee. Group theory lessons, songwriting classes, master classes, and recording and performance opportunities are also available. All ages and levels are taught. Students currently range in age from six to 80, and from beginning musicians to working music professionals.

Current rates:

$95 per hour
$80 per 45 minutes
$65 per half hour
$125 per hour and a half

Areas taught:

Songwriting and composition
Harmonic analysis
Notation and chart reading
Jazz, rock, pop, blues and other contemporary styles
Memorization techniques
Improvisation for singers and pianists
Self-accompaniment for singers
Vocal techniques for instrumentalists
Piano and keyboard coaching for actors


Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (four-year music scholarship)


National Merit Scholar, Northwestern University
Music and Academic Scholarship Recipient, Northwestern University
Scholarship Recipient, Tanglewood, Brevard and Southeastern Music Centers
Winner, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition
Winner (multiple years), Atlanta Music Teachers Association competition
Winner (multiple years), Georgia Music Teachers Association competition
Winner, numerous state and regional competitions
Pianist, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra


Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA (scholarship recipient)
Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC (scholarship recipient)
Southeastern Music Center, LaGrange, GA (scholarship recipient)


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta, GA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL
Tanglewood, Brevard and Southeastern Music Centers
Numerous jazz venues in the United States and Europe, including the Skirball Cultural Center, Catalina Jazz Club, the Blue Whale, Alva’s Showroom and Vitello’s in Los Angeles


Jeffrey Allen
David Kaiserman
Herb Mickman
Betty Nolting
John Novello
David Kaiserman
John Perry
Nelita True


Emanuel Ax
Leon Fleisher
Ruth Laredo
Yo-Yo Ma
Murray Perahia
André Watts


MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)
CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers)
SCL (Society of Composers & Lyricists)
BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.)
SAG (Screen Actors Guild)

Studio Location
Los Angeles, California
(Laurel Canyon/Hollywood area)
(323) 251-0748