In 2019 Lola Descours made history by becoming the first woman to win a prize at the (16th) International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg. She joined the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester in 2017 as a solo bassoonist, after ten years with the Orchestre de Paris. She studied at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris with Marc Trenel, the HMT Hannover with Dag Jensen and the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid with Gustavo Nunes. She is often invited to play with other orchestras, including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Les Dissonances, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She founded the Trio Cocteau with other French musicians. She teaches at the IESM in Aix en Provence and coaches the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and Orchestre Français des Jeunes.