Amy Porter first leapt to international attention winning the Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, which led to invitations to perform throughout the world. She is a touring concert artist who performs recitals in the major concert halls of Asia and the United States with pianist Christopher Harding. She has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Porter has been heard in recital on National Public Radio, highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center and featured on the magazine covers of Flute Talk Magazine in the USA and The Flute Magazine in Japan.
Ms. Porter has won more international competitions than any American flute soloist including; Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition in France, combined with the Alphonse Leduc Prize for outstanding musicianship; The Third Kobe International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan and the Special Prize for the best performance of the commissioned work required at the competition; National Flute Association (USA) Competition. Nationally she received first prize in Artists International; Ima Hogg; Flute Talk; and many other competitions. In 2005 she returned to Kobe, Japan to serve as the American jury member at the Sixth Kobe International Flute Competition.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Porter is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Her teachers at Juilliard were Samuel Baron and Jeanne Baxtresser, and in Austria her teachers were Alain Marion and Peter-Lukas Graf. After Juilliard, she held the position of Associate Principal Flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for eight years before becoming Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. She is the founder and Past President of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association. She is founder of the popular workshop, “Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound” held annually in Ann Arbor with Professor of Theatre (Movement) Jerald Schwiebert and internationally renowned guests. She also is the master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced High School students at U of M.
Ms. Porter is much sought after for her teaching and masterclasses based on her versatility as a musician. She was awarded the 2006 Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher. This is only the third time since 1926 that this award has been given to a Professor in the School of Music and the first time ever awarded to a performing artist.