Alma Elizabeth Deutscher (born 2005) is a composer, pianist and violinist who lives with her parents in Dorking, Surrey, England. Only eight years old, she has completed her first major composition, the opera The Sweeper of Dreams, which has been highly commended by the English National Opera.
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).