By Shelley Curran, managing director; Andrea Wise, director of media relations American flutist Amy Porter will perform with pianist Katie Leung at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the Skidmore College campus.
A professor at the University of Michigan, Porter received the Henry Russel Award for “distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher.” She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she worked closely with Samuel Baron and Jeanne Baxtresser. She also studied with Alain Marion and Peter-Lukas Graf in Austria.
She has educated many musicians with her series of publications, as a master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced high school students at the University of Michigan, and as the past president of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association. In addition, Porter has taught numerous master classes around the world including Sweden, France, Slovenia, Brazil, Luxembourg, Japan, and Taiwan.
Porter’s concerts have earned acclaim. The New York Times has called her “technically robust and musically forceful.” She has recorded with CBS Masterworks, Boston Records, Equilibrium, and ACA Digital labels, and has won more international competitions than any American flute soloist.
Katie Leung, a two-time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, will accompany Porter in this performance. With a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Leung has performed in the Akademiekonzert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas. She has performed many times in both a solo and accompanist roles.
Admission for the Thursday, Oct. 11, event is $8 adults, $5 seniors, retirees, faculty, and staff, and free for students. For advance reservations or more information, visit www.skidmore.edu/zankel or call the Zankel Box Office at (518)-580-5321. The Zankel Music Center is wheelchair accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired.