Emily Bear is 8 years old and began her piano studies just before the age of 5 with Emilio del Rosario at The Music Institute of Chicago. She currently studies classical piano with Jim Giles of Northwestern University Music Department and jazz improvisaion with Alan Swain. Additional mentors include Yoheved Kaplinsky, head of the Juilliard piano department, and Mary Sauer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Emily is equally comfortable playing jazz, classical, or her own compositions.
Emily made her professional debut performing a solo concert at the Ravinia Music Festival in July, 2007, when she was 5 years old. She played a solo 40 minute program mixing classical, jazz and her own compositions. She is the youngest performer in Ravinia’s more than 100 year history. She was asked back to perform a second time on September 7, 2008, and has been invited to perform at Ravinia for the third year in a row during summer of 2009.
On March 24th, 2008, Emily was invited to perform at The White House for The Easter Egg Roll breakfast for President and Mrs. Bush and 400 guests. She performed a 30 minute solo concert mixing jazz and original compositions.