Alma Deutscher, born 2005, 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. When she was 6, she completed her first piano sonata, and at 7 she composed a short opera called The Sweeper of Dreams. There followed various compositions for violin, piano, and chamber ensembles. Aged 9, Alma wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra. Aged 12, she completed her first piano concerto, which was premiered in Austria. Between the ages of 8-12, Alma composed a full length opera, Cinderella, which has been performed in Israel, Austria, and in the USA, to international critical acclaim.
Alma has featured prominently in the international press and in 2017 was the subject of an hour long BBC Documentary and a CBS 60 Minutes feature. Her YouTube channel has more than eight million views.
As a soloist on both violin and piano, Alma has performed her own compositions with distinguished orchestras in Europe, Asia, and America and has given recitals in leading music festivals, including Lucerne and Aix-en-Provence. She has also performed in prestigious events, including Google's Zeitgeist, alongside speakers such as Physicist Stephen Hawking. She will give her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2019, with a concert dedicated to her own compositions.