Emily Bear is a 13 year-old pianist and composer who enjoys performing both classical and jazz repertoire, as well as her original compositions. Emily has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and she recently released her first studio album, Diversity, produced by her mentor and friend, Quincy Jones. The album peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
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Watch the World Premiere of “Les Voyages,” composed and orchestrated by Emily Bear, and performed with the Santa Fe Orchestra on December 24, 2014:
At age 13, Pianist/Composer/Arranger Emily Bear is one of the most astonishing musical talents of our time – composing, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles. A child of this century, born Aug. 30, 2001 in Rockford IL, where she lives with her parents and older brother and sister, Emily started to show talent from the cradle. She started playing the piano at age 2, and by the age of 6, she had played on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed at the White House for President Bush. By the time she was 8 she had composed more than 350 pieces of her own music. Emily’s first studio album, Diversity, produced by her mentor and friend, legendary Quincy Jones was released in 2013 and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life. 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.”
– Quincy Jones
Visit Emily’s website to learn more: www.emilybear.com.