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 Israel in 2015, and the full version was premiered in Vienna under the patronage of Maestro Zubin Mehta in December 2016, to standing ovations, sold out performances, and international critical acclaim.
In July 2017, Alma premiered her first piano concerto, and played her own violin concerto at the same concert, among the jubilation of the public in Austria and of the press, which hailed it as a "triumph of creativity: whether it is her sparkling and richly ornamented violin concerto or the world-premiere of her striking and nuance-rich piano concerto: these are supple, powerful, sumptuous tones, with which this (still) child creates musical wonders."
As a soloist on both violin and piano, Alma has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Uruguay, USA, Israel, and Japan, amongst others with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed in prestigious events, including Google's Zeitgeist, alongside speakers such as Physicist Stephen Hawking.
Alma currently plays on a violin by Guarneri del Gesù kindly lent to her by the Beare’s International Violin Society.