Award-winning concert cellist Philip Lawrence Borter’s performances have taken him across three continents, including appearances in some of the word’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Sapporo Art Park (Japan), Kodak Hall, the Universität der Kunste (Berlin) and Kleinhans Hall.
Mr. Borter has appeared on stage with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Micheal Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, JoAnn Faletta, among many others. He performs frequently with the Rochester Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Naples Philharmonic and currently holds positions as the Assistant Principal cello of the Palm Beach Symphony and as cellist with both the Florida Grand Opera and Broadway Across America tours.
Mr. Borter has been recognized in both national and international competitions. Most recently, he was a laureate of the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition and was also a winner of the Eastman School Concerto Competition and the American String Teachers Association Competition.
Currently, Mr. Borter is finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he was concurrently awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. As a student of Steven Doane, he also earned his Master of Music Degree at the Eastman School and his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Aaron. Intensive chamber music studies have led to opportunities to work closely with members of the Cavani, Cleveland, Emerson, Miami, Tackas, Tokyo, and Vermeer String Quartets and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other instructors include distinguished pedagogues such as Janos Starker, Joel Krosnick, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Stephen Geber.
Mr. Borter performs on a 1933 cello by Czech luthier Karel Vavra. The instrument was generously awarded to him as a winner of the Virtu Foundation scholarship competition.