Vanessa Porter is one of the most versatile percussionists internationally and is in demand for various projects, concert formats and programmes. As a soloist she combines current works with improvisation, electronics and the performing arts and collaborates with renowned composers such as Georges Aperghis, Zeynep Gedizlioglur and Ben-Amots Ofer. Vanessa Porter won 1st prize at the August-Everding Music Competition Munich, the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg and the Percussive Art Contest Italy, received the German scholarship and was a scholarship holder of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the German Music Competition.
For the concert season 2020/2021 Vanessa is invited to festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the IPEW Croatia and the Kalima Festival Switzerland. Through her close collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, she regularly travels to the USA and gives workshops and concerts on location. Most recently she was invited to Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica on a 4-week South American tour with the Percussion Duo Porter.
Due to her many years of experience in the field of education, she collaborates with various universities and academies, such as the International Summer Academy of Music and has given workshops at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki and the University of Birmingham within the framework of the WorldPercussionGroup. From 2017-2018 she taught percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. After studying at the Royal College of Music in London (with David Hockings) and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck (with Johannes Fischer), Vanessa completed her master’s degree at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (with Marta Klimasara, Klaus Dreher and Jürgen Spitschka), granduating with top marks in the summer of 2018.
Vanessa Porter was nominated by the Kölner Philharmonie and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris
Barbican Centre London
Casa da Música Porto