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. 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, and chamber ensembles. Aged 9, Alma wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra, which she premiered in 2015. Her first piece for symphony orchestra, Dance of the Solent Mermaids was also premiered in 2015.
Aged 10, Alma finished a full length opera, Cinderella. A chamber version of the opera was performed in 2015, and the full version was premiered in Vienna in December 2016 to a standing ovation and sold out performances, under the patronage of Maestro Zubin Mehta.
As a soloist on both violin and piano, Alma has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Uruguay, USA, Israel, and Japan. She has also performed in prestigious events, including Google's Zeitgeist, alongside speakers such as Physicist Stephen Hawking.
Alma’s first CD, The Music of Alma Deutscher was released in 2013, featuring a selection of her early compositions up to age 8. Alma has featured prominently in the international press and broadcast media, including the Ellen Degeneres Show in the US and BBC R4 Today in the UK. Her YouTube channel has more than 4 million views.
Alma currently plays on a violin by Guarneri del Gesù kindly lent to her by the Beare’s International Violin Society.