Alma Deutscher was born in 2005 in England. She started playing the piano when she was two years old and the violin when she was three. Soon afterwards she started improvising simple melodies on the piano. Her attempts at composition started aged four, when she wrote some arias for an opera about a pirate called Don Alonzo. Since then she has composed music for piano, violin, viola, string quartet, a very short opera called ‘The Sweeper of Dreams’, and most recently a concerto for violin and orchestra and a symphonic piece for a full orchestra, which were both premièred in January 2015 (see videos and reviews). Alma’s new full length opera, based on the story of Cinderella, will be premièred in July.