Alma Deutscher, born 2005 in England, is a composer, violinist and pianist. She began 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 began at age four, when she began writing an opera about a pirate called Don Alonzo. There followed various compositions for violin, piano, viola and voice, as well as works 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 Fiarmonia with Alma as soloist together with her first symphonic piece, ‘Dance of the Solent Mermaids’. Alma also played these pieces with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2013 performed part of a newly composed piano concerto in Tokyo.
Aged 10, Alma finished her most ambitious project to date, a full length opera, ‘Cinderella’, which received its world premiere as a chamber music version in Israel in July 2015. The first fully staged production, for full orchestra, took place in Vienna in December 2016.
As a soloist on both violin and piano, Alma has appeared in England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Uruguay, Spain, USA, Japan, Israel and Switzerland.
Alma’s first CD, The Music of Alma Deutscher, was released in 2013, featuring a selection of her chamber compositions up to the age of 8.