Young Artist in Residence: Simone Porter
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.
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