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2014-10-17

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"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

Emily Bear Solo Piano

Emily Bear is 12 years old and began piano studies with Emilio del Rosario at The Music Institute of Chicago. She currently studies classical piano at New Music School with Mary Sauer, Principal Keyboardist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz improvisation with Alan Swain. Additional mentors include Yoheved Kaplinsky, head of the Juilliard Piano Department and Frank Kimbrough for Jazz, also at Juilliard. She studies film scoring at New York University, (NYU), with Ron Sadoff and Ira Newborn.Emily is equally comfortable playing jazz, classical, or her own compositions.

When she was five years old, Emily made her professional debut performing a solo concert at the Ravinia Music Festival. She played a solo 40 minute program mixing classical, jazz, and her own pieces. She is the youngest performer in Ravinia’s more than 100 year history. and was asked back to perform solo concerts the next 2 consecutive summers as well.

She made her Carnegie Hall, debut at age nine, performing original music solo, and with orchestra, including the world premiere of her composition, "Peace - we are the future" performed onstage with 110 piece orchestra, 220 member chorus, R&B soloists and Emily on piano. Emily performed a second concert at Carnegie Hall this past December, performing original music she composed with orchestra and premiering her original arrangement of, "Silent Night".

Emily's recently performed at The Hollywood Bowl in a concert honoring Quincy Jones. She performed solo and with a 17 piece jazz orchestra. One of the highlights was "Miss Celie's Blues" with Gloria Estefan, Patty Austin, Nikki Yabofsky and Siedah Garrett.

At age 6, Emily was invited to perform at The White House for the President and Mrs. Bush and 400 guests. She performed a 30 minute solo concert mixing jazz and her original compositions. That same year, Emily was a recipient of the 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition Award for her original song “Northern Lights.” She was asked to perform at the awards ceremony in New York City and was invited to perform her winning song again for a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Emily broke into the national spotlight at age 6 when she appeared as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show performing Mozart, jazz and an original song she composed. She was invited back on the show five more times – all in a span of two years, performing original music at each visit. She has since been featured on several major news programs, including Good Morning America, ABC World News Report with Diane Sawyer, ABC Nightline, and the Katie Couric Show. Internationally, Emily has been featured in stories on Swiss, German, Australian, Italian and Chinese television, among others.


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