Vanessa Porter


Vanessa Porter is one of the most versatile percussionists internationally and is in demand for various projects, concert formats and programmes. As a soloist she combines current works with improvisation, electronics and the performing arts and collaborates with renowned composers such as Georges Aperghis, Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Jennifer Walshe or Ben-Amots Ofer. Using voice, body percussion, bells or vibraphone: In her latest solo-programme Folie à deux she creates hypnotic soundscapes between soft beauty and eruptive power.

Vanessa Porter is 1st prize winner of the August-Everding Music Competition Munich, the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg, the Music Creative Award Lindau and the PercussiveArt Contest Italy, received the German scholarship and was a scholarship holder of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the German Music Competition.

The current season 2021/22 will take her to the Kölner Philharmonie, the Barbican Centre London and to the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. She will also perform the world premiere of a new piece by Jennifer Walshe at the Funkhaus Cologne. For the concert season 2022/2023 she will perform as soloist of the ECHO-Rising Stars in the most renowned European concert halls.

She is invited to festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the IPEW Croatia or the Kalima Festival Switzerland. Through her close collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, she regularly travels to the USA and gives workshops and concerts on location. Most recently she was invited to Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica on a 4-week South American tour with the Percussion Duo Porter. Due to her many years of experience in the field of education, she collaborates with various universities and academies, such as the International Summer Academy of Music and held workshops at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki or the University of Birmingham within the framework of the WorldPercussionGroup. From 2017-2018 she taught percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart.

After studying at the Royal College of Music in London (with David Hockings) and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck (with Johannes Fischer), Vanessa Porter completed her master’s degree at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (with Marta Klimasara, Klaus Dreher and Jürgen Spitschka) with top marks in summer 2018.

30 October 2021, Funkhaus Köln

Programme: Jennifer Walshe Perkussion Solo

Cast: Vanessa Porter (percussion)

02 February 2022, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste
30 April 2022, 19:30, Scharoun Theater Wolfsburg

Programme: Dieter Schnebel Yes I Will, Yes!

Cast: Vanessa Porter (percussion), Sarah Maria Sun (soprano)

Folie à deux

Vanessa Porter (percussion)
Daniel Mudrack (electronics)

Vanessa Porter Folie à deux
Salvatore Sciarrino Appendice alla perfezione for 14 bells (1986)
Vinko Globokar ?Corporel for body percussion (1984)
David Lang The Anvil Chorus (1991)
Georges Aperghis The Messenger for zarb and voice (2020) commissioned by Kölner Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden & European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO)
Emil Kuyumcuyan Shapes for vibraphone (2020)
Georges Aperghis Le corps à corps for zarb and voice (1982)
Alexander Sandi Kuhn À Deux for vibraphone (2020)

Folie à deux (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg):



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Vanessa Porter
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