ELIOT PORTER has performed concerts as principal and section bass in many area orchestras, including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Worcester Orchestra, Providence Opera Theatre Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Great Woods Festival Orchestra, ProArte Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Opera Rhode Island, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Providence New Music Ensemble, RI Festival Ballet, PORTOpera, Boston Ballet, and Opera Company of Boston. He has appeared as soloist with orchestra in the Koussevitsky, VanHal and Bottesini concertos. He has accompanied artists ranging from Pavarotti to Brian Wilson to YES to Peter Gabriel, has played in many pit orchestras for musical theater works such as Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Sound of Music and West Side Story. As a rhythm section player, on the string bass and electric bass, has accompanied many artists including Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Joel Grey, Helen Reddy, Rita Moreno, Patti Lupone, Charlotte Church and Bernadette Peters.
Mr. Porter attended the University of Michigan, Boston University (B.A.) and Brown University (A.M.). He has taught bass students at the Music School (founding faculty), the Wheeler School, Brown University, Rhode Island College, St. George’s School, UMass Dartmouth, Community College of RI, University of RI and Providence College, in addition to maintaining his own studio. Mr. Porter enjoys running, swimming, hiking, climbing, cooking, has climbed all New Hampshire 4000 foot mountains, most in winter. A veteran marathoner he ran his first Boston Marathon last year. A native of Cambridge, Mass., he has two sons, Samuel Aaron and Elijah James. Mr. Porter has made appearances at the Newport Music Festival since 1988.