The World Premiere of the Suite from Syberia: The World Before
And Other Works by Inon Zur
Emily Bear, piano | Inon Zur, composer and piano
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
A night reveling in the works of award-winning Israeli-American composer Inon Zur that transports us to other-worldly places. The LA Jewish Symphony travels through Inon Zur’s video game scores, including the World Premiere performance of the Suite from Syberia: The World Before, featuring Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist Emily Bear. It tells the story of a young pianist in 1937, whose music offers hope amid the growing threat of fascism in Europe. Zur will join as a special guest to perform the Fallout Medley Suite on piano.
With his more than 50 emotional and soul-stirring video game scores, 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, which will also feature concert suites of Zur’s work in the Dragon Age series, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and the highly anticipated upcoming game Starfield.
“[Emily’s] interpretation of the music was just really, really perfect. It was exactly the way I imagined, and she did it effortlessly.”
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.
A Grammy and Emmy Award-winning 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.