Emma began playing piano at age four and started composing at age six. She studied Composition with Dr. Kevin Olson at the Utah State University (USU) Youth Conservatory throughout high school. Emma has been recognized as a 2019 MTNA Composition Young Artist National 2nd place winner, a 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Honorable Mention, a 2017 NFMC National 2nd place winner, a 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Finalist, a National YoungArts Foundation merit winner in 2017 and 2015, a 2016 MTNA Composition Senior National Finalist, and has won awards from UMTA, MTNA, NextNotes, USU Youth Conservatory, and PTA Reflections. She won the NFMC Olga Klein Nelson award in 2015. In 2019, Emma attended the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) Summer Institute in Paris, France, with the Florence Gould Foundation Michael Iovenko Fellowship. She attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Composition Program in 2016 and the Brevard Music Institute Composition Program in 2015. In 2017, she was commissioned by the acclaimed Fry Street Quartet to write a string quartet for the inaugural year of the Fry Street Chamber Music Festival. Her compositions have been premiered by the Fry Street Quartet, the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra Ogden in Utah, and she has premiered several works at Vanderbilt University. She recently celebrated the publication of her piano solo suite, Insecta: Backyard Encounters. An accomplished cellist, harpsichordist, and pianist, Emma was named the 2017 Utah Sterling Scholar Winner in Instrumental Music. Emma currently attends Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music as a Composition major.
For more of Emma’s work, visit her website: https://emmacardon.com/