Thirteen-year-old piano prodigy Emily Bear has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, and many other venues across the globe, and has now added Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One to the list. Listen below to a special interview and performance with the rising star.
Composing since the age of 3, Bear became the youngest recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award at age 6 and has since then recorded six CD’s of original music and won a second ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, writing fluently in both the classical and jazz styles. Emily performs music from her most recent CD, produced by jazz legend and mentor Quincy Jones, plus a few brand new works at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 18. Emily’s Studio One visit gives us a preview of the performance and a special interview about her already astonishing career.