Simone Porter, violin

Photo Credit: Elisha Knight

Simone has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, interpretive integrity, and vibrant communication. She has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician including debuts with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and with a number of renowned conductors, including Stéphane Denève, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. Born in 1996, Simone made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. In March 2015, Simone was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. 

The 23/24 season included appearances at the Domaine-Forget and Moab Music Festivals, followed by orchestral performances in Shreveport, Burlington, Columbus, Hawaii, Greenville, Mobile and Rockford symphonies as well as a debut with Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia de la Fundacion Excelentia (Madrid). In recital, Simone was heard in Kentucky, California, and Aspen, CO.  

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Simone studied with Margaret Pressley as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship and renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. She performs on a 1740 Carlo Bergonzi violin made in Cremona, Italy on generous loan from The Master’s University, Santa Clarita, California.  

Upcoming Performances:

Aug 28 – A Movable, Musical Feast

Aug 29 – Grotto I: 19th Century Classics

Aug 31 – Music Hike I: Mozart in the Morning

Aug 31 – Red Cliffs I: Colorado Currents

Sep 1 – Red Cliffs II: BAILEN