Violin Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound. The Los Angeles Times, after referring to her as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” At 19 years old, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with many renowned conductors. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13. In March 2015, Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Porter’s 2015–16 season marks her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and debuts with the Baltimore, Berkeley, Des Moines, Detroit, Hartford and Houston symphonies and with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra.
In recent years, Porter has made several acclaimed debuts including the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Ludovic Morlot, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Aspen Music Festival and conductor Thomas Søndergård and the Grand Teton Music Festival and Donald Runnicles. Porter has performed recitals in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles 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.
Porter has been heard on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program From the Top. She made her Carnegie Hall debut on the Emmy Award-winning TV show From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Porter is a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate, an award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. In 2009, she was presented as an Emerging Young Artist by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Raised in Seattle, Washington, Porter studied with Margaret Pressley as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship. She currently studies with Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Chair Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.