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.
Aged 12, she completed her first piano concerto, which she played, together with her violin concerto, at the opening of the Carinthian Festival in Austria in Summer 2017.
In 2018, performances include a shortened version of Cinderella at the Vienna State Opera, and her debut at both the Aix-en-Provence and Lucerne Festivals.
Alma has featured prominently in international media and this year was the subject of an hour long BBC Documentary and a CBS 60 Minutes interview. Her YouTube channel has more than 4 million views.
Alma lives in Dorking, England with her parents, Janie and Guy, and younger sister Helen.