"When music and culture disappear, I no longer feel whole," says the up and coming percussionist Vanessa Porter. Join her on a walk through the Elbphilharmonie and discover the 'Innerview' of the amazing concert hall and this emerging talent.
Whether through the sheer size of the building, the intertwining of tradition and modernity or the attention to detail - the connection between art and architecture provides artists and viewers alike with new insights. In the ’Innerviews’ series, emerging talents are invited to discover the Elbphilharmonie for themselves and share what is on their minds.
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.
Music is about highlighting and feeling individual moments.
Artist of great demand
As one of the most versatile percussionists internationally, Vanessa is in demand for various projects, concert formats and programmes. As a soloist, she combines current works with improvisation, electronics and the performing arts. Recent collaborations include renowned composers such as Georges Aperghis, Zeynep Gedizlioglu and Ben-Amots Ofer.
A curious mind
Vanessa regularly performs at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the International Percussion Ensemble Week (IPEW) Croatia and Kalima Festival Switzerland. Through her close collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, she regularly travels to the US. Most recently, she was invited to Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica on a 4-week South American tour with the Percussion Duo Porter. She also loves to collaborates with various universities and academies such as the International Summer Academy of Music. Thanks to her involvement in the World Percussion Group, she also held various workshops at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki and the University of Birmingham.
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