In 2012 American pianist Stephen Porter was named artist-resident of the Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris,
and invited to give recitals of the music of Claude Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday year.
His performances of the complete Piano Preludes of Debussy in Paris, in Sarajevo as the featured soloist of the
8th Bosnia International Music Festival, and in the United States have been called
“masterful...everything is graceful and appropriate.” Mr. Porter was recently the guest on National Public Radio’s
“Diane Rehm Show,” to discuss Debussy’s life and music and play
selections from the live concerts. (listen
here) His playing has been critically acclaimed as “simply stunning” and “an amazing sound” (Boston Musical Intelligencer),
and his Schubert B-flat Sonata at the Boston Early Music Festival was praised as “eloquent...the sound was pure magic”
(Early Music America) and “extraordinary...compelling and moving” (Berkshire Review).
The Beethoven scholar Jan Swafford, writing for Slate Magazine, called his live performance
“the most exciting and appropriate Beethoven Appassionata.” Stephen Porter performs extensively in the U.S.,
and 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 this season gave
premieres of the Second Piano Sonata by Andrew List and Caio Senna’s “Testamento” in Paris. Solo recital venues
where he has appeared include Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis,
Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, the Nantucket Atheneum and the Frederick Historic Piano Collection.
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.
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