This girl is mega-big in the USA. This is her blog:
Emily Bear studies
with Emilio del Rosario at The Music Institute of Chicago but is now studying with Mary Sauer of the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra. Other tutors include Yoheved Kaplinsky, head of the
Juilliard piano department, and jazz teacher, Alan Swain. Emily is
equally at ease with jazz, classical, or her own compositions.
When Emily was only five years old, she made her professional debut performing a solo concert at the Ravinia Music Festival in July, 2007. She played a solo 40 minute program mixing various musical genres. She is the youngest performer since Ravinia’s was formed more than 100 years ago.
On March 24th, 2008, Emily performed at The White House for The Easter Egg Roll breakfast for President and Mrs. Bush and 400 guests. She gave a 30 minute solo concert featuring jazz and original compositions.
Emily was a recipient of a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition award for her original song, “Northern Lights”. She was one of 9 winners in the 18 year old and younger category out of a field of almost 600 applicants. She was asked to be one of two pianists to perform at the awards ceremony in New York City this past May, and was invited to perform her winning song again for a performance at Lincoln Center this past December.
Emily received national attention when she was a featured guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show. She appeared on 3 episodes in three and a half months: October 3rd and November 23, 2007 and January 8th, 2008. She composed an original song for each appearance: “Ellen’s Song”, “Thanks...”, and “The Love In Us”. She appeared on the show for a 4th time in November, 2008, debuting another original song, “Once Upon a Wish”. In April, 2009, she appeared for the 5th time on the show, debuting her original song, “Tomorrow’s Wishes”.
In January of 2008, Emily was asked by Steinway and Sons to perform a solo concert at the Chicago film premier of the new documentary film "Note by Note: the Making of Steinway L1037". She performed the concert on the actual piano built in the movie.
This past November. Emily was personally invited by Lang Lang to perform for him at a Master Class hosted by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Emily opened for Ramsey Lewis and his Trio on October 17th, 2007, playing a 30 minute solo piano concert. Emily also appeared at The Raue Center for the Arts this December 9th in a featured solo concert. She opened The 2007 McDonald’s Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade (which was televised nationally on WGN) performing her original song “Waterlights” . The following year, two more of Emily’s original songs were featured in the 2008 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade: “Giving” and “Christmas Bells”.
Emily made her orchestral debut in front of a capacity audience of 2500 people performing her original song, “The Love in Us” with The Orlando Symphony Orchestra at a private corporate event in April, 2008. This May, she performed at Noche de Ninos, an event for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, hosted by Jennifer Lopez ,Warren Beatty, Annette Benning and Jewel, honoring Jamie Lee Curtis.
Emily was asked to become a video disc artist for the Piano Disc System and just taped an episode for a new children’s television show for PBS titled, “All You Need Is Music”. Emily was also recently featured on the WFMT Radio Show, Introductions, performing a solo 45 minute live concert. Emily performed in February, 2009 at the Music in the Loft Concert Series.
Upcoming concerts include performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto, no.23, k488 in March, 2009 with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and in April, 2009, with the Champagne-Urbana Symphony. She has also been invited to perform in a concert honoring Chicago Tonight’s 25th Season for WTTW Television at The Harris Theater in Millennium Park.
Emily has been featured in stories on: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, WTTW- Chicago Tonight, and WGN.
Emily recorded her first CD, Five Years Wise, in July of 2007. The CD is a mixture of jazz standards and original songs. A second CD, The Love In Us, featuring 10 original songs, was released in April, 2008 and a 3rd CD, Once Upon a Wish, was released in December of 2008. She is a member of ASCAP, SAG and AFTRA.
Past Performances include:
- Noche de Niños Gala - May 9, 2009
- 5th Annual Big Mac Under Glass Gala - May 2, 2009
- The Ellen Degeneres Show - April 30, 2009
- Chicago Tonight's 25h Anniversary Season Benefit - April 17, 2009
- Rockford Symphony Orchestra - Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, K488 - March 28, 2009
- Music In the Loft - February 15, 2009
- The Ellen Degeneres Show - November 17, 2008
- Lang Lang Master Class at The Chicago Symphony, November 16, 2008
- Ravinia - September 7, 2008
- 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition Awards Ceremony, performed "Northern Lights"
- McDonald's 2008 World Convention with members of The Orlando Symphony Orchestra - April 13,2008
- The White House Easter Egg Roll Breakfast - March 24, 2008
- Concert at Chicago Premiere of documentary film "Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" - January 18, 2007
- The Ellen Degeneres Show - January 8, 2007
- Raue Center for the Arts concert - December 9, 2007
- The Ellen Degeneres Show - November 23, 2007
- Opened The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade - November 22, 2007
- Opening act for Ramsey Lewis at The Coronado Theatre - October 17, 2007
- The Ellen Degeneres Show - October 3, 2007
- Music Institute of Chicago, Young People's Concert - September 9, 2007
- On The Waterfront - September 1, 2007
- Ravinia, professional debut - July 1, 2007
- Music Institute of Chicago Gala - Celebrity Piano Bar - May 2, 200
At Children's Hospital, LA
The Love In Us
The Girl From Ipanema
Emily Bear opens the 2007 Chicago McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade on WGN-TV with her original song, "Waterlights", with figure skaters, including her sister Lauren, at Millennium Park Ice Rink. www.emilybear.com
Emily playing Ellen's song AGAIN by Emily bear
Check out Emily Bear. She just turned 7 years old, and has already won an ASCAP Award for composing. She was on her way to the Ellen show, and wanted to play something for us that she wrote. She's written almost 130 songs, and started composing before her 5th birthday. She's amazing! Ellen has had her on her show a half dozen times, already! Congrats Emily! You are adorable, and talented!
6-year old Emily Bear has wowed audiences from the White House to her own house. Playing the piano since age 3, Emily also composes her own music. Has WGN-TV discovered the next Mozart?
Emily Bear playing Duke Ellington's 'Satin Doll' at Ravinia 2008
The cutest kid in the world, Emily Bear on Ellen. She dedicated a song called "Once Upon A Wish" for Ellen and Portias wedding and because Ellen got her wish...
Emily Bear practicing at the Coronado Theatre in Rockford, IL before supporting the Ramsey Lewis Trio later in the day.
This song is an original composition, written for Ellen on occasion of Emily's appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
2 classic jazz pieces - "Take The A Train"
Emily plays Piano for Ellen!
This is Emily's musical interpretation of the "Northern Lights". This piece won the 2008 ASCAP award for original compositions for composers 18 yrs and under. Emily, playing here in front of a live audience, is 7.
Lunchbreak - Emily Bear Comp. Journey To My Heart
Emily in Rockford, IL playing a piece she composed.
9-year-old Emily learned the song with 'Soft Way to Mozart' for Christmas 2006 recital. Though she is talented, she may not be considered as a prodigy. She loves music, piano practice and sight-reading, and enjoys performing - that's her key to success. The same may be said about all my other students.
Emily Bear performing her original song, The Love In Us, in her orchestral debut, with members of The Orlando Symphony Orchestra. This version was orchestrated and conducted by Rich Daniels. Her music is available from her website - www.emilybear.com and iTunes.