Having claimed 1st prize and the Audience Award in the 2009 Washington International Competition for Strings, 2nd place and the Primrose Prize in the 2008 Primrose Viola Competition, and 4th place in the 2008 Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings, violist Emily Deans is quickly establishing herself as a unique and powerful voice in the classical music community. Emily has performed in various venues nationally and abroad, including the Caramoor Rising Stars series, the Olympic Music Festival, the Phillips Collection, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Festival & Rencontres de Musique de Chambre duLarzac, and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. At the invitation of Miriam Fried, Emily participated in the 2010 Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute Tour, and her collaborations extend to artists such as Ronald Thomas, Atar Arad, Pamela Frank, Timothy Eddy, Peter Stumpf, Lucy Chapman, Paul Katz, Marcy Rosen, Peter Wiley, Paul Biss, Jonathan Biss, Joseph Silverstein, Barbara Westphal, Krysia Osostowicz, Kit Armstrong, and Nathan Hughes, among others. In the spring of 2011, Emily gave the United States premiere of the Leo Smit Viola Concerto in New York with the Arcos Chamber Orchestra, and she has been invited on her third Musicians from Marlboro Tour featuring Thomas Ades Arcadiana with Scott St. John.
Emily began her musical studies in Dallas at the age of five, and started taking lessons with Emmanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, just two years later. She made her Meyerson Symphony Hall debut when she was nine, and as a winner of the Albert M. Greenfield competition, she made her first solo appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of thirteen. In the fall of 2000 she returned to perform with them under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch. She has soloed with the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra on national television and performed in the Library of Congress as a part of Disney’s American Teacher Awards. Emily served as concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony, which performs tri-annually in Carnegie Hall, and was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia under the direction of Ignat Solzhenitsyn during her tenure at Curtis. Also an enthusiastic chamber musician, she participated in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and was a member of the award-winning Sonica and Suess Quartets, which performed in Jordan Hall as winners of the New England Conservatory’s Honors Ensemble program. She has attended Kneisel Hall, the Taos School of Music, and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and her studies abroad have taken her to Prussia Cove as a student of Steven Isserlis and Thomas Riebl in Cornwall, England.
Emily is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the New England Conservatory. She holds a B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music in violin and viola, where she studied with Arnold Steinhardt, Pamela Frank, and Joseph de Pasquale, and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian.