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Laura Caviani

Laura Caviani

  • Director of the Jazz Program and Senior Lecturer in Jazz Piano, Music

Education & Professional History

Lawrence University, BMus; University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), MMus.

Eastman School of Music, summers of 1982 and 1992

At Carleton since 2003.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Received "Welcome Christmas" Award for best Christmas Carol by VocalEssence, a Minneapolis based Choir,

under the direction of Philip Brunelle. (2015)

Courses Taught This Year

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages


LAURA CAVIANI (Jazz Piano) received the B.M. in Composition from Lawrence University and the M.M. in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. She also studied with renowned composer JoAnne Brackeen and at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan. Ms. Caviani has taught at St. John's University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of St. Thomas, and many middle schools in Minneapolis through the "Harman How to Listen Program," an outreach program co-founded by Wynton Marsalis. Ms Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing, including appearances with Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Liebman, and touring and recording with star vocalist Karrin Allyson. Now based in Minneapolis, she has five acclaimed recordings to her credit, and a long list of supporting roles with local musicians. Recent projects include her tributes to Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams and Alec Wilder. She is regularly featured with Pete Whitman’s Xtet, vocalists Lucia Newell and Prudence Johnson, and guitarist Joan Griffith, with whom she released Sambanova in 2008. She also appears on the Seattle based Origin Label with vibes player Ben Thomas. As composer, she has created numerous works for jazz ensembles and orchestras. in 2010, Laura was selected to be one of five finalists at the Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Her most recent release, Going There, was described by music critic Bob Protzman as “piano trio jazz of the highest order.” Laura Caviani's personal website can be found at:

Profile updated October 14, 2016

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