Cellist Philip Lawrence Borter performs extensively as both soloist and small ensemble musician, with a repertoire that ranges from the classical to the contemporary. Some of his recent classical performance highlights include a recital at the Minatomirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan, a baroque chamber music concert in Bad Krozingen, Germany, and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence with members of the Tokyo String Quartet in Sapporo, Japan. In addition to his solo and chamber music work, Mr. Borter is also performs frequently with the crossover cello ensemble Break of Reality. With Break of Reality he has had the opportunity to tour nationally while promoting their two recently-released CDs of covers and original music.
Mr. Borter received his undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Aaron. He continued his education under the tutelage of Steven Doane as a graduate student and scholarship recipient at the Eastman School of Music. Further studies took place in Germany with Christoph Henkel at the Hochschule für Musik-Freiburg. Currently, he is in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at the Eastman School of Music and serves as both studio teaching assistant to Steve Doane and Instructor of Cello at the University of Rochester. While at Eastman, he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Intensive chamber music studies have led to opportunities to work with members of the Cavani, Cleveland, Emerson, Miami, Tackas, Tokyo, and Vermeer String Quartets. Other instructors include distinguished pedagogues such as Joel Krosnick, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Stephen Geber.
Mr. Borter performs on a cello created by the 19th century French luthier Nicklaus Simoutre. The instrument was generously awarded to him as a winner of the Virtu Foundation scholarship competition.