Profiled for Naxos Records “Women of March” 2018, Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent with her passion for scholarship. A captivating performer with a compelling sound, she is described as having “succeeded in avoiding all the overdone playing styles of the most famous flutists today.” (Carl Cunningham, Houston Post) and the American Record Guide wrote “If you have not heard her playing, you should”(Chris Chaffee, ARG).

A distinguished Professor, Amy Porter’s discography of J.S.Bach Cello Suites has been considered like a “gleaming, lyrical reading” (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim New York Times ). Released in March 2018, her latest concerto recording is Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra on NAXOS Records.

Amy Porter’s projects are well-published, producing a broad array of media including DVD study guides, CDs and sheet music arrangements

In 2018 she assumes the position of Principal Flute of the Brevard Music Center in the summer. She is founder of the popular workshop, “Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound” with Professor of Theatre (Movement) Jerald Schwiebert and featured guest instructors. She also is the master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced High School students at UM. She is the founder and past president of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association, establishing two competitions for both High School and Collegiate students.

In 2006 Ms. Porter became the first performing artist by the University of Michigan to be named a Henry Russel Award recipient for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher. Regarding her popular study guide on German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert: “Strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection and a sense of humor characterize the impressive American flautist Amy Porter.”(Spanish Flute Society). “

Ms. Porter has served on the jury panel of the 2005 Kobe International Flute Competition, The Chicago Symphony Young Artist Competitions, and several competitions for the National Flute Association.

Professor Porter has conducted masterclasses in Sweden, France, Slovenia, Brazil, Luxembourg, Japan and Taiwan as well for local flute clubs throughout the United States. She has served as Resident Guest Artist for the Jeanne Baxtresser International Masterclass at Juilliard, has taught and performed at the Aria International Summer Academy, Marrowstone Music Festival, was a coach for The Youth Orchestra of the Americas Tour in Costa Rica, the Summer Academy in Courchevel, France and the World Festival of Amateur Orchestras in Nagoya, Japan.

She continues building a brilliant career through collaborations with international renowned composers and leading American conductors. She has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Albany Symphony, Flint Symphony, Billings Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and collaborated with such artists as Nicholas McGegan, Ransom Wilson, David Alan Miller, Yoel Levi, Thomas Wilkins, Jose-Luis Gomez, Enrique Diemecke, David Amado, Anne Harrigan and Arie Lipskey. She has performered premieres by Michael Daugherty, Ellen Taffe -Zwillich, Joel Puckett, Christopher Caliendo, Katherine Hoover and Frank Ticheli among others.

An avid chamber musician, Amy is a member of Trio Virado, with violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and guitarist Joao Luiz. Their latest CD is Mangabeira featuring works by Piazolla, and Brouwer and premieres by Hand, Assad and Luiz. which was received with great acclaim: “First let me say that these are fine musicians, and they present a set of performances that are unfailingly strong, expressive, and imaginative.” (Ken Keaton, ARG)

Formerly a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Porter has recently been appointed Principal Flute of the Brevard Music Center for the 2018 season where she will perform as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.

Porter has twice appeared in recital at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, at Zankel Hall at Skidmore, and at Carnegie Hall, obtaining rave reviews lauding that “Amy Porter played with graceful poise” (Alan Kozinn, NY Times) and “showed that she’s not only very versatile but that she can do everything well. She chose a program that tested every aspect of her playing from a Baroque sensibility to using the instrument as a vehicle of sound effects, and she met each challenge with passion, skill and much musicality.” (Geraldine Freedman, Albany Gazette)

Highlights of the 2018/2019 season include performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Halil with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and a tour of Missouri with Trio Virado. Recent study guide releases include her latest “The Gaubert Cycle: The Complete Works for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert” with guests Tim Carey and Penelope Fischer. The printed edition Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Fute and Piano is published in May 2018 by Carl Fischer.

Born in Wilmington, DE Amy Porter graduated from the Juilliard School with further studies at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. Ms. Porter plays a 14K White gold flute with rose gold engraved keys made for her by the Wm. S. Haynes Co.
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