Simone Porter, 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. At 18 years of age, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony and Utah Symphony, and with renowned conductors including Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot and Donald Runnicles. Upcoming concerts include return engagements with the Seattle Symphony and conductor Mikhail Agrest, and also Aspen Music Festival with conductor David Robertson. The fall of 2015 also brings her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this time on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage with maestro Gustavo Dudamel. During the 2015–16 season, Ms. Porter debuts with the Detroit Symphony with conductor Andrew Hilary Grams, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra among others. She also makes her Ravinia recital debut.
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. Simone Porter plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.