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Praised as having “exceptional talent”, young American pianist Elliott McClain is known for his improvisational skills and communicative playing style. As a recent college graduate, Elliott has already performed as a soloist in distinguished venues and performance centers including a Millennium Stage performance at the Kennedy Center. As member of the pop trio Lake Rise Place, Elliott has also performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Ford Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Blind since birth, Elliott began playing the piano at the age of 4. His earliest influences came from his Uncle’s record collection, live radio, and live performance recordings of the late 90’s. These influences can be heard in Elliott’s playing in both session and performance work today.
Elliott was awarded the VSA Tennessee Young Soloist honor in 2016 and 2017, The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities 2011 Artist of the Year, and Lake Rise Place was named Tennessee Goodwill Ambassadors 2010 by Governor Phil Bredesen.
Notable performances include a featured role in the premiere jazz ensemble at Belmont University for the 2014 President’s concert. Elliott performed a duet with Ricky Skaggs, when Mr. Skaggs was awarded the prestigious Applause Award. Additionally, Elliott was a featured soloist with the Belmont Jazz Band during the nationally televised Christmas at Belmont performance in 2013.
Elliott holds a Master of Music Degree from Belmont University after being awarded the Woods Piano Scholarship by Belmont University’s School of Music, a four-year annual scholarship awarded to one freshman entering Belmont as a piano major. His professional pursuits include varietal session work, live performances and a cultivation of his own music.