OPUS 3 ARTISTS WELCOMES AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANT WINNER SIMONE PORTER

03.19.15
Simone Porter

"Morlot had a future star to work with in violinist Simone Porter, the 17-year-old, Seattle-raised Colburn School student who was making her Bowl and Philharmonic debut Thursday night. Wait: Let’s strike the word “future.” She sounds ready. Now."
Los Angeles Times

"Porter proved to be a master of the work, with lovely playing and virtuoso chops."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

We are very pleased to welcome violinist Simone Porter to our roster of distinguished instrumentalists. Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and shining charisma. Her performances have been described as "bold" (Seattle Times) and "virtuosic" (London Times), and after referring to her as a “future star,” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” Yesterday Simone Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. This prestigious honor comes in a year that includes her upcoming return engagements with the Seattle Symphony and conductor Mikhail Agrest, the Aspen Music Festival with conductor David Robertson, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with maestro Gustavo Dudamel.

At 18 years of age, Simone Porter has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with many renowned conductors, including Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. She made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13. Ms. Porter's 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 UK in 2009. A recipient of a national award from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, Ms. Porter has also performed for the Dalai Lama at the 2010 Seeds of Compassion opening ceremony. A Seattle native, Ms. Porter presently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.

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