In the past few years, violinist Simone Porter has made her debuts with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. Born in 1996, she made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony, and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. She received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2015. Her current season includes concerts with orchestras in Alabama and Rhode Island; Albany, New York; Eugene, Oregon; Lubbock and Waco, Texasin addition to a return to Des Moines and recitals in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Ms. Porter’s emergence on the international concert circuit has occurred simultaneously with her studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in 2015 was followed soon after by performances with orchestras in Detroit, Cincinnati, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, and Rochester. She made her recital debut at the Ravinia Festival, her debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and multiple solo performances at the Aspen Music Festival. Having spent her formative years in Seattle, she made a homecoming return engagement with the Seattle Symphony in 2016.
Ms. Porter made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on the PBS program From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall, followed in November 2016 by her debut in Stern Auditorium. In June 2016, she performed music from Schindler’s List with Gustavo Dudamel and members of the American Youth Symphony, American Film Institute broadcast, Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams.
Simone Porter plays a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.