At age 16, 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 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 stadiums and concert halls across the United States, Europe and Asia. Her love for all musical styles includes pop, classical, jazz and everything in between. She was chosen as W Magazine IT Girl of the Year and 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 and 2017 recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer of the Year Award, and the 2015 Young Composer of the Year Award for orchestral concert music. She recently was commissioned to arrange an original composition which was performed in 6 part harmony by 25 pianos 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.
In November, Emily was featured at The Hollywood Bowl, performing the Oscar-winning animated Tom & Jerry cartoon, “The Cat Concerto” (Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.2), live to film. Currently, Emily is receiving rave reviews for starring in Night of The Proms, a 25-concert stadium tour of Europe , featuring full orchestra, choir and rock band. “The great winner of all hearts at Night of The Proms 2017 is definitely the American Emily Bear… she did not just enchant us, she left a magical, breathtaking impression that cannot be described with words. This piano virtuoso captivates and conquers Flanders with her smile, impressive piano playing and engaging posture, so her performance can be seen as the ultimate highlight of the evening.”
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. Each of her CD’s and songbooks dedicate a portion of sales to various charities. A documentary on Emily has attracted more than 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.
Her teachers and mentors include Quincy Jones, Mary Sauer, Yocheved Kaplinsky, Andrew Focks, and Alan Swain. Emily and her family live in Illinois where in her free time, she loves to wakeboard and volunteer at local animal shelters.