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Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound. After performing  last season with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic the LA Times declared Ms. Porter "on the cusp of a major career." Elsewhere, her performances have been described as "bold," (Seattle Times) and "virtuosic," (London Times) and at 19 years of age, Ms. Porter has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and  Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the baton of renowned conductors including Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. Ms. Porter made her professional solo debut at age ten with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age thirteen.

In June 2016, Simone Porter was featured at the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams in a solo performance of music from Schindler’s List with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and members of the American Youth Symphony; this featured program was broadcast nationally on the TNT Network. Summer 2016 also brought her debut at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival performing Mozart with Louis Langree, and return engagements to both the Aspen Music Festival and School with Nicolas McGegan and Grand Teton Festival with Donald Runnicles.The 2016-2017 season includes Ms. Porter’s debuts with the San Diego Symphony and Charles Dutoit, the Pittsburgh Symphony and Leonard Slatkin, and the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. She also enjoys engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra, and the  Vancouver, Indianapolis, Nashville,  Utah, and Edmonton Symphonies.

Simone Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in March 2015. This prestigious honor came in a year that included return engagements with the Seattle Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival, her solo debut with Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, a Ravinia Festival recital debut, and a performance in Bogota, Columbia, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. The 2015-2016 season marked her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this time on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage with Maestro Dudamel and her debuts with the Detroit, Berkeley, and Des Moines Symphonies; Baltimore and Hartford Symphony Orchestras; Rochester Philharmonic; and Florida Orchestra. NPR’s Performance Today also named her as Young-Artist-in-Residence for fall 2015.

Ms. Porter made acclaimed debuts in the recent years at the Aspen Music Festival with conductor Thomas Søndergård, the Grand Teton Music Festival with conductor Donald Runnicles, and at the Hollywood Bowl debuting with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Ludovic Morlot. Ms. Porter has also performed with the Nashville Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany, Corpus Christi, Pasadena, Pacific, and the Costa Rica Youth Symphonies. Previous engagements include an appearance with the New York Philharmonic on their Young People’s Concerts Series, and performances with 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. She has also performed recitals on the South Bay Chamber Music Series and in Salt Lake City at Libby Gardner Hall 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, the Northern Sinfonia, and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the United Kingdom. She has 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 on multiple occasions 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.

Ms. Porter has been heard on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program From the Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley and featuring America’s best young classical musicians. Her performance in July 2012 marked her third appearance on the program; her first was in 2007 at the age of eleven. She has also been featured on the popular national APM radio program Performance Today, recorded live at Aspen’s Harris Hall in 2011. Ms. Porter made her Carnegie Hall debut on the Emmy Award-winning TV show From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. Other TV appearances include the BBC documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies, which aired in the United Kingdom in June 2009, and a feature on Seattle’s Kiro 7 TV’s Quarterly Magazine, In Color.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Ms. Porter is a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate, an award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which carries a $50,000 scholarship to further her musical education. In 2009, she was presented as an Emerging Young Artist by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Porter studied with Margaret Pressley as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship, and was then admitted into the studio of the renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett, with whom she presently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Summer studies have included the Aspen Music Festival and School for seven years, Indiana University's Summer String Academy, and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.

Simone Porter plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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