Award-winning concert cellist Philip Lawrence Borter’s performances have taken him across three continents, with 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.
Dr. Borter has appeared on stage with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Micheal Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Zuill Bailey, JoAnn Faletta, among many others. He performs frequently with the Rochester Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Naples Philharmonic and most recently held 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.
Dr. 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.
He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music (cello) at Luther College, where he maintains a private cello studio, tours with the Luther Piano Quartet, and enjoys being a clinician for middle, high school and collegiate level music students. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music and was concurrently awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. As the Teaching Assistant of Professor Steven Doane, he also held the position of Cello Instructor at the University of Rochester. He also earned his Master of Music Degree at the Eastman School, his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Aaron, and additional studies at the Hochschüle für Musik-Freiburg with Christoph Henkel.
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 influential instructors include distinguished pedagogues such as Janos Starker, Joel Krosnick, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Stephen Geber.
Dr. Borter performs on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo, ca. 1790.