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Simone Porter talks about being a teenage violin sensation, international stardom and more



Simone Porter, 19, is on the cusp of international stardom. She will appear this weekend with the Florida Orchestra, performing a familiar piece: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. In the last few years, she has debuted for the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and orchestras on other continents.

But she doesn't like to be called a prodigy -- a term, she argues, that implies talents bestowed at birth. In her case, she spent years focused exclusively on foundation work, or playing scales, rather than melodies.

"Without that foundation you have nothing," Porter said in a phone interview. "You are building a range of expressive technique. Without those years of painstaking work with my teacher, the emotional content of these wonderful pieces would never make it past your heart and your mind. To communicate it, you need to work for years in all these tiny little incremental details."

Porter performs with the Florida Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $15-$45. Click here.

For more of Andrew Meacham's interview with Simone Porter, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 1:18pm]


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