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Philip Borter



Award-winning concert cellist Philip Borter’s performances have taken him across three continents, including appearances in some of the word’s most prestigious venues, with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Micheal Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, JoAnn Faletta, among many others. Alongside his wife, Hirono Borter, he formed Duo-B, an ensemble dedicated to works for violin and cello. As winners of the prestigious Eastman Concerto Competition, they have performed across three continents including landmark performances in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., the Universität der Künste in Berlin, and Minatomirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan. Most recently they were welcomed as featured guest artists at the 2017 Iowa Composer's Forum and served as the string faculty for the Dorian Summer Camp at Luther College. Other performance projects include participation in the IBLA Foundation Festival (Sicily, Italy) and concert tours of both Japan and the Southeastern United States.

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.

Dr. Borter completed 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.

In 2016, Dr. Borter joined the faculty of Luther College (Decorah, IA), where he serves as Assistant Professor of Music- Cello. In addition to maintaining a full studio, he frequently performs with the Luther College Piano Quartet.

Dr. Borter performs on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo ca. 1790.