Child Prodigy~Musical Genius~Gifted by God (All of the Above!)
Life and Work
Alma is the daughter of Janie (née Steen), an organ scholar, and Guy Deutscher, an Israeli-born linguist and amateur flautist. According to her father, she could name the notes on a piano when she was two. “For her third birthday I bought her a little violin as a toy,” he explains. “She was so excited by it and tried playing on it for days on end, so we decided to try and find her a teacher. Within less than a year she was playing Handel sonatas.” At the age of six she composed her first sonata and in 2012, an opera, The Sweeper of Dreams. Alma explains: “The music comes to me when I’m relaxing. I go and sit down on a seat or lie down. I like thinking about fairies a lot, and princesses, and beautiful dresses.”
Her short opera is based on the Neil Gaiman story “The Sweeper of Dreams”. The text was adapted from The Calling by Elizabeth Adlington. It was submitted to a contest run by the English National Opera but missed out on a place in the final.
* Sonata in E-flat for piano by Alma Deutscher, aged 6 (composed October 2011).
* Andante for Violin by Alma Deutscher (aged 6).
* Rondino (trio) in Eb for violin, viola and piano (aged 7).
* The Sweeper of Dreams, an opera by Alma Deutscher, aged 7 (composed July 2012).
* Quartet movement in A major, aged 7 .
* Sonata for viola and piano in C minor (1st movement), aged 8.
* Quartet movement in G major, Rondo, aged 8.
* The Night Before Christmas, song to words by C. Moore, aged 8.
* Two songs from Cinderella: If I believe in love, and Reverie, aged 8.
* Sonata for violin and piano (1st movement), aged 8.