Emily Bear

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Friday / February 9, 2018 / 7:30 p.m.
One Bennett Street
United States
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Emily Bear
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Emily Bear, a 16-year-old pianist, composer, and songwriter, enjoys arranging, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles—including pop, classical, jazz, and everything in between. She made her professional debut at the Ravinia Festival at age 5, and has performed at many of the world’s best-known venues, including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note, and the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Bear received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award at age 6, becoming the youngest person to win the award. In 2016 and 2017, she received the ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer of the Year Award, and recently was commissioned to arrange an original composition performed simultaneously by 25 pianos for Street Pianos Mesa.

Establishing herself as a classical artist, she performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto, No. 23 K488, at age 7. Other pieces in her concerto repertoire include Schumann Piano Concerto, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, and the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor.

Bear, who loves composing for film and television, recently scored six national commercials for Weight Watcher’s Simple Start campaign. She has released several CDs of original music; her most recent CD, Into the Blue, topped the Billboard charts. Her previous CD, Diversity, was produced by Quincy Jones for Concord Music.

Bear’s five-sheet music songbooks of original music are distributed worldwide by Hal Leonard Music. She has helped raise millions for charities across the globe through performances and events.