Stephen Porter, Pianist
July 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor
Classical Pianist Stephen Porter has appeared as a soloist in London, Lake Como, Istanbul, Rio de Janiero, San Francisco, Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmo, New York, and Sarajevo, among other cities. It was a great honor for Mr. Porter, as an American pianist, to be named artist-resident of the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris during Claude Debussy's 150th birthday year. ("New York Arts" recently called Mr. Porter's 24 Debussy Preludes "a powerful revelation...as if the voice of the composer were speaking to us.")
Critics have noted Mr. Porter's style of speaking to the audience...which creates a more involved listening experience. "New York Arts" describes his "engaging discussions of the composer and works, not only providing us with background, but preparing us to listen, to enter Debussy's particular world of sound. The audience could not have been better prepared for the rich experience Mr. Porter created for them".
His U.S. concerts include the Frederick Historic Piano Collection, several of which have been recorded for broadcast on National Public Radio. Steinway & Sons selected him to give five concerts as part of the Legendary Instruments of the Immortals Tour, as well as to present the unique Walden Woods Concert Grand and give lecture-recitals on the Horowitz Piano.
Stephen Porter is a graduate of Oberlin College magna cum laude, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance with Distinction. 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, and is a past winner of the prestigious Artist Presentation Society auditions. Audio recordings and concert videos may be found at Mr. Porter’s website: stephenporterpiano.com.