If music is the “universal language” that connects us all, then violinist Simone Porter is not only a native-speaker of the universal language, but one of its greatest rising stars.
Porter’s love for music peaked at age two and she was playing the violin while she was still a toddler. She 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. She has performed on stages all around the world with some of the most renowned orchestras and musicians in the industry. But, please, don’t call her a prodigy, because she says that her achievements are more a testament to hard work and an exceptional support network than innate musical talent.
Now, at the age of 20, critics have declared that Porter is “on the cusp of a major career”, but as Sandra Hughes found out when she visited Porter at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles last year, if passion and enthusiasm are any measure of success, Simone Porter has already made it.