Emily Bear - Today's Mozart?

A video from 2 years ago...

Discovering Emily

Emily Bear's grandmother discovered Emily's talents when the child was just two years old. Little Emily was playing a music scale with three fingers. That may not seem impressive, but if you've ever had the chance to watch a toddler or a small child play - or any non-pianist for that matter - you will notice that they usually poke individual keys with their index finger. However, Emily seemed to be using the correct fingering.

Her grandmother immediately began contacting professional piano instructors, ensuring the child's talents became further developed. At the age of five, Emily began studying piano formally at the Music Institute of Chicago. Now, at the age of 8, Emily studies classical piano with the Principal Keyboardist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mary Sauer. Emily's piano talents are not limited to classical music, however. Emily also studies jazz improvisation with Alan Swain and Yoheved Kaplinsky, the head of the Julliard Piano Department, as a mentor.

One of the most notable gifts that Emily possesses in the area of music is not just her ability to play better than many professional pianists, but her remarkable composition skills. Yes, Emily writes her own music. Emily even has a few piano Songbooks published. That's amazing for a child of only 8 years old.


Emily's Concert Performance Life

At the age of 5, Emily made her formal performing debut at the Ravina Music Festival, making her the youngest performer at Ravina's in over 100 years. It was a 40 minute concert in which she performed classical, jazz and original compositions. After that performance, Emily received requests to return for solo concerts, which took place in 2008 and 2009.

Emily's most impressive performance invitation was when she was asked to perform for President Bush, his wife and 400 other guests at the White House. On March 24, 2008, Emily performed a 30 minute solo concert of jazz and original pieces for Mr and Mrs. Bush and the 400 guests. In that year, her original composition "Northern Lights" earned her the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition Award. She performed at the awards ceremony in New York City and was asked to perform again at the Lincoln Center.

National Exposure

Emily was invited as a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show... 6 TIMES over the course of only 2 years. With each performance, she played one of her original compositions and never failed to dazzle the audience. 

Image courtesy of Ellen's site
Image courtesy of Ellen's site

Orchestra Debut

At the age of 7, Emily performed a concerto by Mozart with the Rockford Symphony and then with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Emily actually compares herself to Mozart, stating that they are similar.

International Exposure

This summer (2010), Emily performed 2 solo recitals in Italy, at the Asissi of the World Festival. She also performed a solo concert in Hangzhou, China. It's no surprise that Emily was invited back to both venues for a performance next year (2011).


Featuring Emily Bear...

Emily played at Noche de Ninos (a gala for Los Angeles Children's Hospital). The gala was hosted by Jennifer Lopez, Arnold Schwarzengger and others, honouring Jamie Lee Curtis. She was featured at the Noble Awards (in LA) and invited by Lang Lang to perform for him at a Master Class hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Emily was also featured at a The Children's Ball, a black-tie gala for the Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago. In addition to that, she performed at many other charity events and fundraisers.

In the September/October 2010 American Girl Magazine, Emily will be featured.

Emily is a Recorded Artist

Emily has recorded 4 CDs, all featuring her original compositions. The profits she earns from each CD goes to charities such as UNICEF and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Chicago.

Emily continues to play the piano today and continues to amaze those who have the honur to hear her play. She has a good heart and wants to share her music for the purpose of helping others. Though Emily is an amazing piano prodigy, she's still a child like any other. She loves to play with her toys and collects stuffed animals.

I know that Emily would change the lives of many and I wish her the best of luck!

Thank you for reading!

For more information, go to: http://www.emilybear.com/

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

A virtuoso with her own compositions,impressive Emily;)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Oh, Mentalist, perfect word. Why couldn't I think about it when I was writing this. Yes, Emily is a virtuosos! Indeed! Thanks.


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ggerner 6 years ago

All I can say is, "Wow"! She has a great gift, and it's nice to see her developing it happily, and with the loving support of others.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I have to completely agree with you, GG. Thanks for commenting!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Not only is Emily a genuine piano virtuoso, she is also a talented composer. Thank you for sharing this lovely young girl and her amazing talent with us, Kimberly.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

You're welcome, Dr. B.J. It was an honour. I want to purchase Emily's song book. I learnt so much about Emily by writing about her! Thanks for your comment!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

k alto,I am in love with her,too as the video narrators said.Thanks for bring attention to this delightful and talented little girl.Amazing!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I'm happy to have brought her to people's attention bayoulady! Thanks for the comment!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

wonderful kaltopsyd, thanks for the video and nice share, Amazing isn't it? Maita


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

You're welcome, Maita! I'm happy to share! :) Thanks for commenting!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Fantastic! One is awed by any talent like that - but in one so very yound it's truly amazing!! Thanks - and a vote up, beautiful & awesome!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, Ms. Nellie. I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. I'm still awed by Emily too!


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! Excellent subject and excellent writeup.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks allpurposeguru!


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Very talented and so cute too! Will look out for her if she ever visits Australia.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Wow she is very impressive.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

She certainly is, John. :)


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

I just love the way you introduced her. I mean you wrote all the important stuff. You got the point and I got to know Emily.

Lizzy


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, Lizzy! I'm glad you got to know Emily. I got to know her by just writing this Hub so it was beneficial to me. :)


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

After reading your hub I watched all the Ellen Degeneres shows with Emilly.

I do watch Ellen's show but never seen Emilly in. Ellen's song she wrote and made for Ellen was beautiful and worth to listen.

LizzyBoo


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I've never seen it! Isn't THAT a shame? Now, I have to go look for the video on youtube. :)


PEACE Iragukujije 5 years ago

Ellen's show is the best i ever see me also i play the piano but i begin at 10!! I like classicals from Mozart, Beethoven, J-S Bach and others like Wagner, Dvorak... etc but EMILY IS A REAL GENIUS she can be more than the real Mozart.


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Ellen's show is fun. And yes I totally agree. Emily really is a genius. She really amazed me. Thank for the comment, PEACE.


jonathan sperka 5 years ago

emily bear is a great pianist I am a pianist with only 3 and a half years a struggle at playing but I know the more people practice the better you get and emily is awesome.


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Indeed, she is a great pianist! Keep playing, Jonathon! :) You're right. Practice is essential! I'm a pianist as well. I've been playing for 15 years (since was 4). It's a great instrument! :D

Thanks for commenting!


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Thank you for posting - great hub kaltopsyd

John


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

And thank you for reading, John! :D


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

I saw her on Ellen once. She's such a sweet kid, no airs at all. I'm sure she'll go from strength to strength. Great profile! Voted up!


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I think so too. She has a bright future ahead of her. Thank you for commenting, Visionandfocus.


Katie woods age 10 4 years ago

she is the best pianist I know. She'd be my best friend if I met her. Emily and I both love composing and writing our own music.


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kaltopsyd 4 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

That's very nice, Katie. I hope you continue composing! :)

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