Classix | Two
October 23, 2012: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
At 16 years old, violinist and Davidson Fellow Simone Porter is an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. Her performances have been described as “bold”, “coolly virtuosic”, and Simone herself has been praised as “a consummate chamber musician”.
Classix | Two
Sunday, October 21, 2012 4 PM (Preview at 3 PM) &
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:30 PM (Preview at 7 PM)
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring Simone Porter (Davidson Fellow)
MASON BATES: White Lies for Lomax
NICOLÒ PAGANINI: Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 6
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92
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About Simone Porter
At 16 years old, violinist Simone Porter has been recognized by national and international critics as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. Her performances have been described as “bold” (Seattle Times), “coolly virtuosic” (The London Times), and Simone herself has been praised as “a consummate chamber musician” (The Telegraph). Simone made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony, and her London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at 13. The growing list of orchestras with which she has appeared include the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Northern Sinfonia and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the UK, the Olympia Symphony and Port Angeles Symphony orchestras in Washington, and the New West Symphony and Young Musician Foundation’s Debut Orchestra in California, among others. In May 2012, Simone made her professional recital debut on the Miami International Piano Festival’s “Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow” series.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Simone Porter was recently selected as a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which carries with it 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, Simone Porter studied with Margaret Pressley as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship for six years and was then admitted into the studio of the renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett with whom she presently studies at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. Her studies at the Colburn School’s Academy also include chamber music coaching with Arnold Steinhardt and Paul Coletti, academic music classes and additional violin studies with Danielle Belen. Summer musical studies have included attendance at the Aspen Music Festival for the past six years, Indiana University’s Summer String Academy and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.
Simone Porter plays on a 1742 Camillus Camilli violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.
At the concert, look for Violin Notes by Eleanore Hamilton, a playing journal with tips and tricks to keep playing the Violin fun. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.