At age 15, Pianist/Composer/Songwriter Emily Bear is one of the most astonishing and prolific musical talents of our time – arranging, orchestrating, and performing in an astonishingly (remarkable) diverse collection of styles. Having made her professional debut at the Ravinia Festival at 5 years old, she has since performed at many of the worlds’ most well-known venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Ravinia, and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. Her concerts have taken her to concert halls across the U.S. and Europe and Asia and her love for all musical styles ranges from pop, classical, jazz, and everything in between. Lately, she has been singing and writing all genres of pop music with many of the top songwriters and producers in the industry.
At age 6, Emily was the youngest to ever receive the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and symphonies all over the world have performed her original orchestral pieces. She is the 2016 recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer of the Year Award and the 2015 Young Composer of the Year Award for concert music. She recently was commissioned to arrange an original composition performed by 25 piano’s at the same time for Street Piano’s Mesa.
Establishing herself as a classical artist, she performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto, no. 23 K488 at the age of 7. Other pieces in her concerto repertoire include the Schumann Piano Concerto, Rhapsody In Blue by Gershwin, and the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor. Her love for jazz has taken her from the famous hall of the Montreux Jazz Festival to Blue Note Tokyo, Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note in NYC – where she premiered original music she composed for Big Band Jazz Orchestra.
Emily also loves composing for film and TV and composed the music for 6 national commercials for Weight Watchers ‘Simple Start’ campaign. Emily has released 6 CD’s of original music, with her most recent CD, Diversity, produced by Quincy Jones for Concord Music. “She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life”, Quincy says. “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.”
Emily has been composing since she was 3 years old. By the time she was 4, she was having music published and distributed by Hal Leonard and currently has 5 original sheet music songbooks distributed worldwide. Emily has helped raise millions for charities across the globe through performances and events. aEach of her CD’s and songbooks dedicate a portion of sales to various charities. A documentary on Emily has attracted almost 30 million views on youtube and won an Emmy Award. Emily appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show 6 times in 2 years, performing an original song she composed for each appearance. She has been featured nationally and internationally on TV and print including the Disney Channel, ABC Nightline, Katie Couric Show, Queen Latifah Show, Dancing With the Stars, Good Morning America, Australia Sunday Night Channel 7, Germany SAT1, and others. Emily was interviewed for NPR Radio by David Green that was selected for a CD collection of NPR’s top stories: “People We Meet: Unforgettable Conversations.”
Emily and her family live in Illinois where in her free time, she loves to wakeboard and volunteer at local animal shelters.
“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life.” Quincy says. “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
“I first saw Emily at the Stuttgart Jazz Festival, in 2015. I was totally knocked out. Wow! She is an immensely talented young artist, with a long and successful career ahead her.”
– David Sanborn
“I have loved getting to know Emily and seeing her evolve over the years into a powerful artist. She inspires me to continue to grow as a musician, performer, and educator. The future is bright and she’ll be there front and center.”
– Jon Batiste, Bandleader with the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem
“Emily is obviously classically trained. But she’s not just an interpreter and performer. She writes her own music. Everything that you hear on that album came from her. She wrote everyone’s part. She directed us. One forgets within minutes that you’re listening to someone who is a child. She is an absolutely exceptional… it makes one believe the myths and the grandeur of what Mozart would have been like had you met him. Emily is so purely gifted that music simply pours out of her. It pours out with such joy and creativity and spontaneity that you just stand back in awe. It’s rather mind-boggling. This ability comes around so rarely.”
– Zuill Bailey, classical cellist, Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica (Texas), Artistic Director of the Sitka Music Festival (Alaska) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso:
“Unlike some accomplished young musicians, Emily doesn’t just play the notes correctly but reaches down into the heart of a piece of music, she plays someone else’s music as if she were creating it”, Illick said, “and she has been composing her own pieces for years. The ideas she has are totally original”, he said. “most of us compose by mimicking and altering (works that already exist), but she comes out with a new kind of idea that no one has had before.”
– Maestro Joe Illick, Conductor and Musical Director of Performance Santa Fe and Fort Worth Opera