piano | singer-songwriter

David Kolar is a piano singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN. Combining the piano prowess of Ben Folds with the harmonic adventurousness of The Beatles, David creates melodies that stick in a listener’s ears long after a show.

David got his start in music at a young age, studying classical piano and percussion in his small South Dakota hometown of Eureka. Born into a musical family- his parents met singing in a church choir in northern Minnesota- David started composing instrumental piano music and small orchestral works as a child. Encouraged by his father, a composer himself, he took his compositions to new heights and won many local and regional composition contests by the time he graduated high school.

His love of music led David to Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) to pursue a degree in audio production. During his freshman year, he was introduced to the album Rockin’ the Suburbs by Ben Folds which would lead to a life-changing revelation. Having never seriously dabbled in songwriting before, David realized the power of blending piano with rock, punk, and jazz influences and thus found his inspiration to begin crafting songs in his own unique style. After a couple of years honing his craft, David debuted his music at a battle of the bands at MSUM where he secured a third place finish.

After college, David moved to Minneapolis where he soon became involved with the open-mic community at Moto-i where he continues to showcase his music. In 2015, he joined the Minneapolis based pop rock band Sawyer’s Dream. In his time with Sawyer’s Dream, David contributed his unique style as pianist and keyboardist. He played many Twin Cities venues, including O’Gara’s, Bunkers, and The Cabooze before his departure in mid-2016.

In recent years, David has started to play more live solo shows, including two memorable backyard shows at his house in 2016 and 2017. He is currently in the process of finishing his self-produced debut EP, Elastic Plastic.

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