Biography - Emily Bear - Pianist/Composer
Emily Bear is 11 years old and began piano studies with Emilio del Rosario at The Music Institute of Chicago. She currently studies classical piano 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 received national attention when she was a featured guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show. She appeared on the show six times in two years, performing an original song for each appearance. Emily was also featured on Dancing with the Stars, performing "Tutti Frutti" live with the orchestra.
Emily made her classical orchestral debut at age seven, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto, no. 23, k488 with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and then again with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. She performed Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 this past December with the Santa Fe Concert Association as well as premiering 6 original works for Orchestra including a piece she composed especially for the concert titled, “Santa Fe”.
In 2009, Emily made her international debut, performing 2 solo recitals at the Asissi of The World Festival in Umbria, Italy. and a solo concert in Hangzhou, China. In 2011, she was presented by Quincy Jones to perform at the 45th annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Festival de Castell in Peralada, Spain, alongside Esperanza Spalding and Alfredo Rodriguez. Emily performed at the Hoffburg Palace in Vienna, Austria as part of 2012 Life Ball and starred in Art on Ice 2012, In Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland performing live with World Champion and Olympic figure skaters.
Emily has supported many Charity Events including Noche de Ninos, a gala for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, hosted by Jennifer Lopez, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, Arnold Schwarzengger, and Jewel, honoring Jamie Lee Curtis and most recently at the UNICEF Ball. Emily was also featured at The Noble Awards at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, a new awards show honoring 15 charities, produced by Michael Seligman, honoring Morgan Freeman.
When Emily was six, she opened for Ramsey Lewis and his Trio with a 30 minute solo concert. At age 7, she was the youngest student ever to be invited to study at The Aspen Music Festival.
Emily has been featured in stories on: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, WTTW, Chicago Tonight, and WGN. Internationally, she was featured in a story for Sunday Night, Channel 7, Australia, titled “Beautiful Minds.” and on SAT1 German Television in a documentary chronicling her debut at Carnegie Hall and the week leading up to the concert. She was a guest on Good Morning America performing original songs, jazz and a classical selection. Most recently she was featured on ABC Nightline, and ABC World News Report with Diane Sawyer and most recently, The Katie Couric Show.
Emily was featured in American Girl Magazine and Hal Leonards's Music Express Magazine. She was also featured in international periodicals including: Austria, Switzerland, China, Brazil and Australia.
Emily has recorded five CD’s of original music: Five Years Wise, The Love In Us, Once Upon A Wish, Always True and Hope. A new CD of original music was just recorded for Concord Music withQuincy Jones producing. Four sheet music songbooks are available and are distributed internationally by Hal Leonard Music Publishing. Profits from each of her CD’s and songbooks are donated to the following charities: Susan G. Komen for The Cure, UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and The Children’s Hospitals of Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a member of ASCAP, SAG, and AFTRA.