Simone Porter wins Avery Fisher Career Grant

Simone Porter
Lincoln Center

The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center in 1974, serves as a monument to Mr. Fisher's philanthropy and love of music, with the Career Grants in particular exemplifying his devotion to helping young artists.  

Ms. Porter’s 2013–14 season included debuts with the symphony orchestras of Albany, NY; Corpus Christi; and Pasadena; as well as the Pacific Symphony and the Costa Rica Youth Symphony. She also performed two solo recitals in Los Angeles on the South Bay Chamber Music Series. Previous engagements include an appearance with the New York Philharmonic on their Young People’s Concerts series, and performances with the Nashville, New West, Olympia and Utah Symphonies, the Reno Philharmonic, Orchestra Seattle, and the American Youth Symphony and Young Musician Foundation's Debut Orchestra in California, among others. She made her Salt Lake City recital debut at Libby Gardner Hall in 2012 and had the honor of performing for the Dalai Lama at the opening ceremony of a five-day symposium on compassion in Seattle, Washington, in 2008. 

Internationally, Ms. Porter has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and the Northern Sinfonia and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the United Kingdom. She also appeared in Singapore at the 2010 Great Eastern International Kids Performing Festival. 

Ms. Porter is an avid chamber musician, having most recently collaborated with violinist James Ehnes at a benefit concert in Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Additionally, she appeared multiple occasion on the Colburn Chamber Music Society Series at Zipper Hall with violinists Arnold Steinhardt and Scott St. John, on the South Bay Chamber Music Society with violist Paul Coletti, and at the Miami International Piano Festival. 

Festivities were held at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for an invited audience. 

 For information about the Program (Avery Fisher Prize and Career Grants), please visit the Avery Fisher Artist Program website, Links to today's 2015 Career Grant performances, as well as performances of select past recipients, are also available on this website. 

 Avery Fisher Career Grants of the Avery Fisher Artist Program are designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers. Each recipient receives an award stipend of $25,000, to be used for specific needs in furthering a career. Recognizing the need for video in a young career, the Avery Fisher Artist Program provides recipients with a professionally videotaped, unrestricted DVD of the day's performance to aid them in publicizing their work.


Up to five Avery Fisher Career Grants may be given each year and recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Recipients are nominated by the Program's Recommendation Board, which comprises nationally known instrumentalists, conductors, composers, music educators, managers and presenters. Final selections are made by the Executive Committee, whose members are: Emanuel Ax, pianist; David Finckel and Wu Han, Artistic Directors, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Henry Fogel, Dean, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; Anthony Fogg, Artistic Administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Pamela Frank, violinist; Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School; Nathan Leventhal, Chairman, Avery Fisher Artist Program; Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; Jane S. Moss, Vice President, Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Chad Smith, Vice President, Artistic Programming, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Matías Tarnopolsky, Director, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley; and Matthew VanBesien, Executive Director, New York Philharmonic. Charles Avery Fisher and Nancy Fisher are advisors to the Executive Committee. The Program periodically also awards the Avery Fisher Prize. The Avery Fisher Artist Program is grateful to Lincoln Center, Inc. and its president Reynold Levy for continued support.