David Porter is a violinist with Utah Symphony. He, with the help of his friends and colleagues in Utah Symphony, created MOTUS After Dark, a series of concerts in alternative venues designed to make classical music accessible and attractive to new audiences.
A native of Northfield, Minnesota, David spent the first dozen or so years of his life in a mostly intact Victorian house, infested with musical instruments, newspaper clippings, paper bags, pets of all shapes and sizes, New Yorkers, old books, and mice. There was a flutist, a cellist, an oboist, two violinists, and a pianist. Because that was not enough, a viola, a virginal, a mandolin, a moldy clarinet, a dozen wooden flutes, a harpsichord, and a shawm, the last of which was used solely to torture the family dog, were added to the mix. Since then David has been unable or unwilling to escape the joyful chaos of his early years. He now shares a slightly more intact Victorian house with his wife, Utah Symphony Principal Flutist Mercedes Smith, beloved daughter Divna, three dogs, and an axolotl.
David was a founder and President of the Intermezzo Chamber Music Series and serves as Concertmaster of the Utah Chamber Artists as well as guest Concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony. He studied (mostly just practiced) at Indiana University with violinists Miriam Fried, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Stanley Ritchie. He enjoys most any outdoor activity not involving a motor, xeriscaping, and using Divna and Mercedes as guinea pigs for his latest gastronomical creations.