Teen jumps in for injured concertmaster

Rising Seattle soloist Simone Porter will play the Barber Concerto in Cincinnati next week in place of concertmaster Timothy Lees, who’s suffering a stress injury, Janelle Gelfand reports.

Simone, now 19, spent her teens commuting by air twice weekly to Los Angeles in order to study at the Colburn School. When I heard her there two years ago, I wrote: ‘she is going to make it to the big time very soon.’


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  • Ms. Porter was the soloist in a performance of Barber’s concerto last year in Rio de Janeiro, with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lee Mills. Unfortunently, I was not there. But I attended her performance of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15, in D minor (she was joined by musicians of the same band), the following day, and I had a very good impression. Local press appreciated too. I wish her good luck, and the same triumph in Cincinnati.

  • You’re all quite disgusting (except Fernando). Hot girl = sexist, offensive jokes. Good luck I to her. She’s clearly talented. Would you make those vile comments if she were a young man? No.

  • Why refer to her as a “teen”? One would not refer to another violinist as a “pensioner” or a “middle aged person”. She is a violinist, and what is of importance is how she plays. To define her by her age, or any other non-musical characteristic (sex, ethnicity etc.), is disrespectful to her as an artist.

  • Good violinist, nothing special, IMO.
    Since we are talking about looks, I’ll add that she definitely gets sold off of her looks. Which is fine; actors, politicians, and models experience the same, regardless of their other qualifications.

  • She wears that dress so she looks beautiful and charming on stage,…

    The term “teen” has come to take on a lascivious connotation these days. Maybe you refer to her prodigious talents. But it is hard it 2016 for there not to be a untoward insinuation…..I.e. not to be a “teen” that is searchable on PornHub.

    I commend her for her style and I hope she is a great talent that we can all apreciate.

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