Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
has appeared as a soloist in London, Paris, Sarajevo, Lake Como,
Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro, among other cities. His recent New York
recitals at SubCulture, the Fabbri Mansion and Symphony Space have been
praised by the press, with New York Arts calling Mr. Porter’s 24
Debussy Preludes “a powerful revelation - as if the voice of the
composer were speaking to us.”His Schubert performances are widely
acclaimed; the Boston Musical Intelligencer says he “reached the level
of sublimity,” and in the new biography Beethoven: Anguish and
Triumph, author Jan Swafford calls his interpretation of Beethoven’s
Appassionata on the Frederick Collection’s Conrad Graf piano
“unforgettable.” He has had the great pleasure of performing at the
Frederick Collection since 2002, and the current recital is his twelfth
on the series.
Stephen Porter is a graduate of Oberlin College magna cum laude, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance with Distinction. His teachers were Peter Takacs, Jacob Maxin and Paul Doguereau. He was privileged to study with Mr. Doguereau, who had received the Premier Prix at the Paris Conservatory as a student of Marguerite Long, played for Debussy’s wife Emma Bardac in the years just following the composer’s death, and was a protégé of Ravel (whom he accompanied on the 1928 tour of the United States). Mr. Porter has judged national and international piano competitions and given masterclasses at many schools, including Washington University, Boston University, New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music. He has been on the piano faculties of Webster University, Phillips Andover Academy, and the chamber music faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Stephen Porter is a past winner of the prestigious Artist Presentation Society auditions.
For more information, please visit his website at stephenporterpiano.com .