Simone Porter (Violin)
Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. The Los Angeles Times, after referring to her as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” Her performances have been described as "bold" (The Seattle Times), "virtuosic" (The Times, London), and Porter herself has been praised as "a consummate chamber musician" (The Telegraph). At 19 years of age, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with many renowned conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, David Robertson, and Donald Runnicles.
Porter’s 2015–16 season marks her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, followed by debuts with the Baltimore, Berkeley, Des Moines, Detroit, and Hartford symphonies and with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra. Ms. Porter also makes her Ravinia recital debut and is a featured Young Artist in Residence with APM’s Performance Today. She plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.
In recent years, Porter has debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and Grand Teton Music Festival. She had the honor of performing for the Dalai Lama at a symposium on compassion in Seattle, Washington. Internationally, Porter has performed with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Columbia; Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro; Costa Rica Youth Symphony; City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; and Royal Northern Sinfonia and Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the U.K.
She has appeared on the renowned NPR radio program From the Top, and made her Carnegie Hall debut on From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. Other TV appearances include the BBC documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Porter was named a recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant; a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development; and an Emerging Young Artist by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Raised in Seattle, Washington, she currently studies with Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Chair Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.