The Music of Inon Zur featuring Emily Bear

World Premiere – the Suite from Syberia: The World Before

Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Part of the Soraya Signature Series
Combined photo featuring composer Inon Zur and Emily Bear performing with the LAJS

With his more than 50 emotional and soul-stirring video game scores, Israeli composer Inon Zur takes inspiration from Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Gershwin when creating the music for games played by millions of fans around the world. Zur’s music will take center stage in this special event, featuring suites of Zur’s work in the Fallout series, the Dragon Age series, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and the highly anticipated upcoming game Starfield

The centerpiece of the evening will be the premiere of Zur’s suite from the game Syberia: The World Before, with Grammy Award-winning piano phenom Emily Bear on hand to bring Zur’s work to life. Known for producing and composing 15 songs for the Unofficial Bridgerton Musical on TikTok, Bear contributed to the soundtrack for Syberia: The World Before. Leave your headsets and devices at home, and bring the whole family to a live concert featuring music popular to millions worldwide.

“[Emily’s] interpretation of the music was just really, really perfect. It was exactly the way I imagined, and she did it effortlessly.”

Inon Zur

Composer, Syberia: The World Before

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Video game composer Inon Zur

Recognized as one of the most innovative and successful composers in the industry today, Inon Zur’s scores have received multiple awards, nominations and generated numerous best-selling soundtracks. A graduate of the Music Academy of Tel Aviv in his native Israel, Zur relocated to the United States and attended the film scoring programs at the Dick Grove School of Music and UCLA, studying under such luminaries as composers Henry Mancini and Allyn Ferguson and orchestrator Jack Smalley.  He resides with his family in Encino, California. 

Classically trained with a flair for powerful, melodic orchestral writing, Zur’s rich portfolio also spans epic action/adventure genres and ethereal fantasy scores for other blockbuster entertainment properties including multiple entries in the Prince of Persia series, The Lord of the Rings: The War in the North (Classical MPR Best Video Game Soundtrack), Dragon Age: Origins (Forbes’ “Top Video Game Soundtracks of All Time”), and Dragon Age II (“Best Original Video Game Score” at the Movie Music Awards UK). He also scored Ubisoft’s first virtual reality game, Eagle Flight (Classic FM‘s Top Ten Video Game Soundtracks of 2016), a breathtaking flight simulation experience set in the skies of Paris, and the beloved adventure game series Syberia 2 & 3 written and directed by visionary Belgian author and artist Benoît Sokal.

FEATURED SOLOIST

A black and white photo of pianist Emily Bear leaning against a wall in a white suit.

A Grammy Award-winning and Emmy Nominated composer, producer, and chart-topping recording artist since her professional debut at age five, Emily Bear has achieved groundbreaking success as a pianist, composer, orchestrator, producer and singer-songwriter transcending genres in jazz, classical, pop, scoring for media, and musical theater.

Now 20, Bear has more than 50 million views on YouTube, and a documentary on her life received an EMMY Award. She has performed her original compositions on legendary stages including: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, and Montreux Jazz Festival. W Magazine’s It Girl of the Year, Bear has performed for the Dali Lama, played a solo concert at the White House, headlined stadium tours, was featured 7 times on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and named to the prestigious Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list. Film Scoring and media clients include Disney, DreamWorks, Google, Warner Bros., Hulu, Netflix, and Universal.

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