Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

Young Artist in Residence: Simone Porter

Meng-Chieh Liu, PT host Fred Child, and Simone Porter at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN. Will Keeler/APM
14min 28sec : Simone Porter Interview: Oct. 7, 2015
13min 54sec : Simone Porter Interview: Oct. 8, 2015
16min 43sec : Simone Porter Interview: Oct. 9, 2015

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."

At 19 years of age, Porter 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.

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, she was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Raised in Seattle, Washington, 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.

Porter plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California. In these recordings, she performs with pianist Meng-Chieh Liu.

Downloads

Download MP3 of Ernest Bloch: Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Hassidic Life: 2. Nigun (Improvisation)

Download MP3 of Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Movement 4

Download MP3 of Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance for Violin No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50

Simone's book list

  • Desert island book: Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Current favorite: Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
  • Shout out to author: Haruki Murakami
  • Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide



Simone Porter performs Fritz Kreisler's Caprice Viennois

Meng-Chieh Liu, PT host Fred Child, and Simone Porter at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN. Will Keeler/APM
Simone Porter Jeff Fasano
Simone Porter Jeff Fasano