Oscar Rossignoli has been named the 2015-16 ASCAP Louis Armstrong Scholar at the University of New Orleans by the New York-based ASCAP Foundation. The $3,000 award is made to a graduate student in jazz studies who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and creating original works. The scholarship is funded by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.
Rossignoli, a native of Honduras, is an accomplished pianist and composer in both jazz and classical music. He began studying classical music when he was six years old; he discovered jazz in high school and immediately began writing and performing his own compositions.
He earned an undergraduate degree in piano performance at LSU, where he amassed a number of accolades, including winning the LSU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and taking second place and the "Audience Favorite" award at the Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillips Jazz Piano Competition.
Since enrolling at UNO, Rossignoli has become an in-demand player in New Orleans, performing with Jason Marsalis, Bill Summers, Christian Scott, James Singleton, Brian Seeger, Brad Walker and others. Listen to one of his compositions, "Endless Fall," here.
In December Rossignoli will be honored at the ASCAP Foundation's annual award ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 435,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The performing rights organization licenses and collects royalties for performance of its members' work.