After claiming first prize in the 2009 Washington International Competition for Strings, and second place in the 2008 Primrose Viola Competition, Emily Deans is quickly building a strong reputation as a rising star in the classical music performance community. Her virtuosity brought her the Primrose Prize for best Primrose transcription, and she was the only finalist to receive the Audience Award in the Washington Competition. Other recent accomplishments include 4th place in the Irving M Klein International String Competition, and an invitation to the Marlboro Music Festival. Emily has enjoying a busy season of traveling and performing, appearing at the Olympic Music Festival, the Festival & Rencontres de Musique de Chambre du Larzac in France, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, and collaborations with Pamela Frank and Timothy Eddy at the Caramoor Rising Stars Series. Upcoming concerts include a recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the 2010 Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute Tour with Miriam Fried.
Emily began her musical studies in Dallas at the age of five, and began taking lessons with Emmanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, just two years later. She would make her Meyerson Symphony Hall debut shortly after, and at thirteen she made a solo appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the fall of 2000 she returned to perform with them under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch, and she has soloed with the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra on national television and performed in the Library of Congress. Also an enthusiastic chamber musician, she has performed in ensembles with David Geber, Joseph Silverstein, Timothy Lees, Barbara Westphal, Timothy Eddy, Miriam Fried, Atar Arad, and Ronald Thomas, among others. She has attended numerous chamber music festivals, including Kneisel Hall, the Taos School of Music, and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and she returned to IMS Prussia Cove in the spring as a student of Steven Isserlis.
As a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Emily is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music. Previous teachers include Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph de Pasquale, Emanuel Borok, Robert Lipsett, Robert Chen, Judith Ingolfsson, and C.J. Chang, among others. She has also worked extensively with many distinguished artists, including Peter Wiley, Michael Tree, Roger Tapping, Leonidas Kovakos, Joel Krosnick, Ronald Copes, Lucy Chapman, Seymour Lipkin, Bonnie Hampton, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Atar Arad, Thomas Riebl, Martha Katz, and members of the Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano quartets.