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Simone Porter

Simone Porter, violin

Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. At 18 years of age, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with renowned conductors including Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. This is her first appearance with the RPO.

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. Her Carnegie Hall debut was captured on the Emmy Award-winning TV show From The Top: Live from Carnegie Hall and she was featured on the BBC documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies which aired in the United Kingdom in 2009. A recipient of a national award from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, Porter has also performed for the Dalai Lama at the 2010 Seeds of Compassion opening ceremony.

Named a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2015, Porter’s 2014–2015 season includes debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony and return engagements with the Seattle and Nashville Symphonies and at the Aspen Music Festival. The fall of 2015 brings her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this time on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage with Gustavo Dudamel, and her debuts with the Detroit Symphony and Florida Orchestra. Previous engagements include her Hollywood Bowl/LA Philharmonic debut and her professional debut at the Aspen Music Festival in summer 2014, an appearance with the New York Philharmonic on their Young People’s Concerts series, and performances with Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Nashville, Pacific, Pasadena, and Utah Symphonies, among others. Porter studies in Los Angeles at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Robert Lipsett and plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Connect with Simone online at www.simoneporterviolin.com, www.facebook.com/simoneporterviolin, and www.twitter.com/simoneportervln.

Credit: Jeff Fasano Photography

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