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 Ms. 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 Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, David Robertson, and Donald Runnicles. Ms. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13. In March 2015, Simone Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Ms. 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.
In recent years, Ms. Porter has made several acclaimed debuts including the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Ludovic Morlot, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Aspen Music Festival and conductor Thomas Søndergård, and the Grand Teton Music Festival and Donald Runnicles. Previous engagements include an appearance with the New York Philharmonic on their Young People's Concerts series and performances with the symphony orchestras of Albany, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Nashville, Pasadena, Pacific, Seattle, Utah, and Reno Philharmonic. Ms. Porter has performed recitals in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles and had the honor of performing for the Dalai Lama at the opening ceremony of a five-day symposium on compassion in Seattle, Washington, in 2008.
Internationally, Ms. Porter has performed with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Columbia with conductor Gustavo Dudamel; the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; the Costa Rica Youth Symphony; and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. She has also performed with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Porter is an avid chamber musician, having most recently collaborated with violinist James Ehnes at a benefit concert in Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has appeared on the Colburn Chamber Music Society Series at Zipper Hall with violinists Arnold Steinhardt and Scott St. John; on the South Bay Chamber Music Society with violist Paul Coletti; and at the Miami International Piano Festival.
Ms. Porter has been heard on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program From the Top. In July 2012, her first was in 2007 at the age of 11. Ms. Porter made her Carnegie Hall debut on the Emmy Award-winning TV show From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. Other TV appearances include the BBC documentary The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies, which aired in the United Kingdom in June 2009, and a feature on Seattle's Kiro 7 TV's Quarterly Magazine, In Color.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Ms. Porter is a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate, an award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which carries a $50,000 scholarship to further her musical education. In 2009, she was presented as an Emerging Young Artist by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Raised in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Porter studied with Margaret Pressley as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship. She currently studies with Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Chair Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Additional studies have included the Aspen Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions Summer Academy, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Indiana University's Summer String Academy, and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.
Simone Porter plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.
Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Haydn: Symphony No. 96, "The Miracle"
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
Fri, Apr 1, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Apr 2, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Apr 3, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall
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And the Tony Goes To…
Stuart Malina, conductor
Christiane Noll, vocalist
Hugh Panaro, vocalist
Tony Award winner Stuart Malina teams up with Tony-nominee Christiane Noll and Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro for a salute to Broadway with music from Wicked, Funny Girl, The Music Man, Hairspray, Cabaret, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia and more.
Sat, Apr 9, 2 pm & 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater - Matinee Added!
Sun, Apr 10, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $15, $30, $45