Musical prodigy Alma Deutscher performs at Oriel's Champagne Concert

  • Alma Deutscher
1 November, 2016

11-year-old composer, violinist, and pianist Alma Deutscher performed at the sold-out Champagne Concert in the Senior Library on Friday 28th October.

Alma started playing the piano at the age of two and the violin at the age of three, going on to compose her first full piano sonata when she was just six years old. At the age of ten she completed her first full-length opera, Cinderella, which will be performed in full for the first time in Vienna this December. 

As a soloist on both the violin and piano, Alma has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Uruguay, USA, Israel, and Japan. She has also performed at many prestigious events, including Google's Zeitgeist, alongside speakers such as Stephen Hawking and David Beckham. Alma has featured prominently in the international press and broadcast media, including appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show and the BBC Today programme. Her YouTube channel has more than 3 million views.

For the College's Champagne Concert, held in the Senior Library, Alma performed a mix of her own compositions and pieces by composers including J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Franz Schubert. Alma was accompanied by her 8-year-old sister Helen Deutscher on violin, by Armand D'Angour (Fellow in Classics at Jesus College) on cello and by Kobi Kremnitzer (Fellow in Mathematics at Oriel) on piano. 

Alma's performance was enjoyed by all, and it was a wonderful evening of entertainment for those who attended. For those who couldn't attend, we recommend a visit to Alma's YouTube Channel to see some of her compositions and performances.

You can also download the programme from Alma's Champagne Concert here.