Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
American pianist Stephen Porter was chosen this year to be artist-resident of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where he will give solo recitals of the music of Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday celebrations this summer. His performances this season have been critically acclaimed as “simply stunning” and “an amazing sound” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), his Schubert B-flat Sonata at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival was praised as “extraordinary...compelling and moving” (Berkshire Review) and “a revelation...the sound was pure magic” (Early Music America), and Slate Magazine called his Beethoven “the most exciting and appropriate Appassionata.” Mr. Porter has given solo recitals at Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, Italy. He was the featured guest soloist with the Amadeus Orchestra of London at LSO St. Luke’s, and in 2011 gave the European premiere of the Second Piano Sonata by Andrew List at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Stephen Porter graduated magna cum laude from Oberlin College, and from 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 between 1993 and 1999 with Mr. Doguereau, who in the 1920s had studied at the Paris Conservatory with Marguerite Long, played for Debussy’s wife Emma Bardac in the years just following the composer’s death, and was a protégé of Ravel. Mr. Porter has judged national and international piano competitions and given masterclasses at several schools, including Washington University, Boston University, the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music. For further information and to contact him, please visit stephenporterpiano.com . This is Stephen Porter’s eighth appearance on the Historical Piano Concerts Series.