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).
Amy Porter’s discography of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites has been considered 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.
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.
Winner of the 3rd Kobe International Flute Competition, and Paris Ville d’Avray Competition, Amy Porter now has invitations to perform and serve on international juries around the globe including the 6th Kobe Kobe International Flute Competition. Ms. Porter has been heard in recital on National Public Radio, highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center and has been featured on the covers and written articles for Flute Talk Magazine in the USA and The Flute Magazine in Japan.
Now Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan, 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).”
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)
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)
Formerly a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Porter is Principal Flute of the Brevard Music Center for the 2019 season where she will perform as soloist in Michael Daugherty's Trail of Tears, Joanne Falletta, conducting.
Other highlights of the 2019/2020 season include performances as soloist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Vero Beach and Brevard Orchestras in FL and guest at the MidSouth Flute Festival. She will also tour 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 by Carl Fischer. Her CD "Ballade" features the final works of Gaubert to round out the project. Her 17th annual workshop "Anatomy of Sound" will be held June 1-4, 2019 in Ann Arbor and features Otolaryngologist flutist and Dean of Dviersity, Dr. David Brown.
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..