Meet 'the next Mozart:' Emily Bear

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- To call musician Emily Bear a virtuoso might be an understatement.

Not only has she composed more than 350 pieces for piano, recorded six albums, performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, she has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show six times.


While Emily's accomplishments are incredible, to say the least, what is even more stunning is that she did all of that before she turned 12. (That's not a typo.)

Now 13, Emily, who is managed by music legend Quincy Jones, takes the stage at Mesa Arts Center Thursday night with cellist Zuill Bailey.

Before that, however, she treated the students at Kerr Elementary School to a special performance.

3TV's Heidi Goitia was there.

"She's the most delightful human being I've ever met in my life," Jones says. "And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She's astounding, man ... she's astounding.

"She plays like she's 40 years old," Jones continued. "She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach."

Many call Emily, who has been composing since she was 3 and performing since the ripe old age of 5, the next Mozart.

She has played for audiences large and small all over the world, but Emily is modest.

"I'm just a normal kid who likes to wakeboard and go on jet skis, and also likes to write music and play," Emily told Goitia.

Her favorite part of composing is seeing how her pieces affect people. She finds inspiration for her music all around her.

"It can be weather. It can be a pet. It can be a person. It can be a place. It can pretty much be anything," she said.

While she cannot pick a single high point of her already distinguished career, Emily said she loved performing at the White House and at Art on Ice in Zurich, Switzerland.

"Another one of my favorites would be Carnegie Hall," she said.

Emily will be performing at Mesa Arts Center's Piper Repertory Theater with cellist Zuill Bailey. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main Street in downtown Mesa. Tickets are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at or by calling 480-644-6500. | on Twitter