Sun. Mar 26th, 2023

Emily Zamourka: ‘Subway Soprano’

Subway riders in Koreatown were left mesmerized when they crossed paths with Emily Zamourka.

(Photo: Courtesy of Branimir Kvartuc & USA Today)

Playing at West Broadway.

Spotted by a local Los Angeles police officer, Emily Zamourka’s talent went viral after a video was posted online. She was given another chance to do what she loves.

For the past 10 years, Emily was seen around Glendale, usually performing outside local shopping mall. She’s been in the United States for 30 years, elegantly roaming the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

Things took a turn for the worst when someone stole her violin and foolishly dropped it; damaging her only prized possession. Emily’s violin was her livelihood. Even before that, she used to play an electric violin until someone pushed her off the bus, causing her to fracture her wrist.

Ever since, Zamourka began singing in a subway, which eventually led her to perform at the grand opening of Little Italy in San Pedro. Councilmember Joe Buscaino’s office is ensuring the future of Emily by paying for her time, transportation, hotel, and long-term housing. GoFundMe campaigns raised more than $95,000 to help her live the life we all deserve.

When life kept taking things away from Emily Zamourka, Emily kept her sanity and continued to bring joy to others while doing what she loved.

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