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Violinist Simone Porter performs Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Sept 17 & 18

Sep 06, 2016 09:29AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Young, up-and-coming violinist Simone Porter will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO), led by music director Andrew Grams, on September 17 & 18 at the Hemmens Cultural Center.  The concerto has been called by many as the most difficult in the violin repertoire. Ms. 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.” Her performances have been described as "bold" (The Seattle Times), and "virtuosic" (The Times, London). At 19 years of age, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. 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, Simone Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Ms. 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. Additional studies have included the Aspen Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions Summer Academy, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, 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. Visit to connect with Ms. Porter online. The ESO program also holds Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.  For tickets, which start at just $30, call 847-888-4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org