Emily Bear has achieved groundbreaking success as a pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter. A chart-topping recording artist, she enjoys arranging, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles including pop, jazz and classical.
Having made her professional debut at the Ravinia Festival at five years old, she has since performed at many of the worlds most well-known venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. Her concerts have taken her to stages across China, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, Israel, Belgium, Canada, and more. Symphonies throughout the world have performed Emily’s original compositions and she has helped raise millions for charities across the globe through performances and events.
As a composer for film and TV, Emily was the youngest to ever be selected for the ASCAP/NYU Buddy Baker Film Scoring Workshop and was chosen as a top composer. Since then, she has scored the music for numerous documentaries and short films.
“She has a gift for knowing how music works with moving images. It’s an organic, dramatic, and narrative sense that she shouldn’t have at this age.” ~ Ron Saddoff, Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting, NYU Steinhardt
Appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show 6 times in two years, Emily performed an original song she composed for each appearance. She has been featured nationally and internationally on TV and print including the Disney Channel, ABC Nightline, Katie Couric Show, Queen Latifah Show, Dancing With the Stars, Good Morning America, Australia Sunday Night Channel 7, Germany SAT1, and others. Emily was interviewed for NPR Radio by David Green that was selected for a CD collection of NPR’s top stories: People We Meet: Unforgettable Conversations.
Emily has been composing since she was three years old. By the time she was four, her music was being published and distributed by Hal Leonard and she currently has five original sheet music songbooks distributed worldwide. Each of her CD’s and songbooks dedicates a portion of sales to various charities. A documentary on Emily has attracted more than 35 million views on YouTube and received an Emmy Award. Just don’t call her a prodigy.
At age six, Emily was the youngest ever recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (in the 30 and under category). Quickly followed by her orchestral debut featuring an original piece she composed and her pieces have been performed by symphonies all over the world. A prolific composer and orchestrator, audiences and critics alike continue to celebrate her new works. In 2015, Les Voyages received the ASCAP Composer of the Year Award for orchestral concert music. An especially unique commission included a composition written to be simultaneously performed in 6-part harmony by 25 pianos. This May, alongside Steven Chen, founder of YouTube, and Melanie Hobson, Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks, Emily received The Order of Lincoln Award, the highest honor in the state of Illinois, and premiered a new orchestral work to honor the occasion.
Her love for jazz has taken her from the legendary Stravinsky Auditorium at the Montreux Jazz Festival to Blue Note Tokyo, Dizzy’s – Jazz at Lincoln Center and Blue Note in New York City, where she premiered several of her pieces arranged for big band jazz orchestra. Emily was the recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer of the Year Award in both 2016 and 2017.
Her most recent album, Into the Blue, was one of the top jazz releases of 2017. Emily has released six other CD’s of original music including Diversity, produced by Quincy Jones for Concord Music.
“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life. 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.” ~ Quincy Jones
This past Fall, Emily was featured at The Hollywood Bowl, performing the Oscar-winning animated Tom & Jerry cartoon, “The Cat Concerto” (Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2), live to film.
Following this, Emily received rave reviews for starring in Night of The Proms, a 25-concert sold-out stadium tour of Europe, featuring a 70-piece orchestra, choir and rock band:
“The great winner of all hearts at Night of The Proms 2017 is definitely the American Emily Bear. She did not just enchant us, she left a magical, breathtaking impression that cannot be described with words. This piano virtuoso captivates and conquers Flanders with her smile, impressive piano playing, and engaging posture, so her performance can be seen as the ultimate highlight of the evening.”
Emily returned to the Hollywood Bowl in May to open Beauty & The Beast Live.
Equally at home with classical music, she has performed piano concertos by Mozart, Schumann, Grieg, and others with multiple orchestras across the United States and Canada. On July 4th, 2018, Emily performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park in Chicago for 17,000 people.
Emily’s skills and passion for writing and singing pop music has opened the doors to collaborating with some of the top songwriters and producers in the industry. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut pop EP, produced by Toby Gad. Emily was the recipient of the 2018 songwriting award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“16-year-old Emily Bear, whose fingers blazing across the piano keys, left the room full of considerable musical talent all by speechless.” ~ LA Times
And Live In The Vineyard alum, Fergie added:
“I’m obsessed, she undressed my soul with that playin’ and that singin.” ~ Fergie
We cannot wait to hear Emily playin’ and singin in November as she hits the main stage at the Live In The Vineyard festival in Napa.
ENTER TO WIN
Here is your chance to win the most sought-after ticket in the country! Live In The Vineyard is one of the most exclusive music, food and wine festivals that takes place in the heart of Napa Valley. In addition to the great prize pack listed below, one (1) Grand prize winner will receive exclusive access to recording artists, top tier wine makers, and world-renowned chefs during this “once-in-a-lifetime” three-day event. Please note winner and guest must be 21+ to attend.
One (1) Grand prize winner will receive:
- Round-trip air transportation on Southwest Airlines (for two)
- Luxury hotel accommodations at the Napa River Inn
- Two (2) tickets for multiple concerts throughout the event on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2018
- Access to private wine tasting event featuring Jewel!!!!
- Sunday morning brunch
- Onsite event transportation