Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren Pierce started her musical studies at the age of 7 on piano and voice. Later, she was introduced to the double bass and soon began lessons with Douglas Sommer, section bassist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Pierce continued her studies at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Craig Butterfield. While at USC, Lauren was given the Presser Scholar Award, named a Magellan Scholar, and, in 2010, performed a concerto with the University of South Carolina Symphony as the winner of the USC Concerto Competition. After graduating from USC, Lauren moved to Denton, Texas to study with Jeffrey Bradetich. While there, Lauren competed in the American String Teachers Association Competition and the International Society of Bassists Competition. In 2014, she was named coordinator of the Bradetich Summer Bass Camps.
Lauren has worked in many different genres and artistic mediums. In 2008, Lauren became a section member in the South Carolina Philharmonic. Lauren appeared as a soloist in the 2011 film “Luz,” by Los Angeles filmmaker Ellie Ann Fenton. She has recorded as a soloist on multiple albums, including singer-songwriter Collin Hauser’s debut album Collin Hauser with Grammy-award winning recording engineer Tim Kimsey, Fall River Footman’s Mullen Road, and R&B artist Mikaela Kahn’s Milk And Honey. Currently, Lauren is living in Austin, Texas as a performer and teacher.
Lauren is a frequent clinician at several workshops, including the Bradetich Summer Bass Camps and Bassmania at Columbus State University. If you would like to book Lauren for a masterclass or performance, send requests here.