Alma Deutscher, born 2005 in England, is a composer, violinist and pianist. 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 began writing an opera about a pirate called Don Alonzo. When she was 6, she composed her first full piano sonata, and at 7 she composed a very short opera called The Sweeper of Dreams. There followed various compositions for violin, piano, viola, voice, as well as compositions for chamber ensembles that were commissioned by music festivals in England and Switzerland.
Aged 9, Alma wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra, which was premiered in January 2015 by the Oviedo Filarmonía, with Alma herself as the soloist. Her first symphonic piece, Dance of the Solent Mermaids, was premiered at the same time, both to overwhelming acclaim.
Aged 10, Alma finished her most ambitious project to date, a full length opera, Cinderella, which received its world premiere in July 2015. In her adaptation of the familiar story, the step-mother owns an opera company and the step-sisters are two vain would-be divas, whereas Cinderella is a young composer with beautiful melodies springing into her head. Despite the step-mother’s machinations, Cinderella is destined to find the prince, a poet, like words finding a melody.
As a soloist on both violin and piano, Alma has appeared in England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Uruguay, Spain, USA, Israel, and Switzerland. She has played as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oviedo Filarmonia, and future engagement include appearances with the Tokyo Sinfonia, with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, as well as in chamber music festivals such as the Verbier Festival @ Schloss Elmau.
Alma’s first CD, The Music of Alma Deutscher was released in 2013, featuring a selection of her chamber compositions up to age 8. Alma has featured prominently in printed and broadcast media around the world, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the Ellen Degeneres Show in the US and in Israel on the program Intermezzo with Arie Vardi.