When you envision the typical life of a 13-year-old girl, your mind probably doesn't jump to piano super talent and composer. But that is in fact what Emily Bear is; a musical phenomenon.
By the age of eight Emily Bear had composed more than 350 pieces. At age 5, Emily made her concert debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, playing a 40-minute solo comprised of classical pieces, jazz standards, and her own compositions. She was invited to perform at the White House at age 6. Her orchestral debut came at age 7, playing Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23, K488 and by age 8, she was playing concerts abroad in Italy and China. At the age of 9 she played at Carnegie Hall with a 110-piece orchestra, a 220-voice choir, and R&B soloists.
That’s more than most musicians can accomplish in a lifetime!
“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life,” says Quincy Jones, Emily’s mentor and manager. “And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man ... she’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach.”
Don’t miss this truly amazing young musician when she performs with cellist Zuill Bailey on October 30, kicking off Mesa Arts Center’s 2014-15 Classical Series. Check out a few of her television appearances…she has been featured on The EllenDeGeneres Show six times!
By Kayla Dorvel