Emily Bear has been playing piano since age 2. She started lessons at age 4. Since age 5, she has released an average of one album per year: Five Years Wise, Love in Us, Once Upon a Wish, Always True, Hope, Diversity. She has composed (probably far) in excess of 400 compositions including classical and jazz. She is the youngest person to perform at Carnegie Hall.
The video and playlist below narrate parts of her background and feature snippets of amazing playing, starting with her debut on The Ellen Show at age 6.
Her latest CD, Diversity, is a collection of jazz hits. The producer was Quincy Jones.
On the jazzbakery.orgsite, Jones comments:
“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life,” Quincy says. “And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-Bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man ... 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."
For more, visit her website emilybear.com.