Matan Porat is one of the most original voices to have emerged in recent years, with artistic activity encompassing a wide spectrum of work as a pianist and composer.
Porat’s varied concert program ranges from the complete Bach Partitas and Schubert Sonatas to Ives’ Concord Sonata and the Ligeti Concerto. His debut CD, “Variations on a theme by Scarlatti” – a 65-minute program of pieces from Couperin to Boulez which relate to Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 32 – was released on the Mirare label and was hailed as “a fantastic album that one should hear over and over again” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Porat has played solo recitals at such venues as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Matan Porat has participated in many distinguished festivals including the Marlboro, Lockenhaus, Ravinia, Verbier, Heidelberger Frühling and Rheingau Festivals. Chamber music appearances include performances with the Quatuor Ysaÿe, Cuarteto Casals, Pacifica and Jerusalem Quartets, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Sharon Kam, Kim Kashkashian, Emmanuel Pahud, Dorothea Röschmann, Alisa Weilerstein and members of the Guarneri Quartet. In 2011 Porat has toured with Peter Brook’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, in an experimental version for piano solo and 7 singers.
Born in Tel-Aviv, Matan Porat studied with Emanuel Krasovsky, Maria João Pires and Murray Perahia. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Winner of the 2009 Prime Minister Award for composers, Porat studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and George Benjamin.
Porat’s works have been commissioned and performed by Andreas Scholl, Maria João Pires, Kim Kashkashian, Avi Avital and Nicolas Altstaedt, as well as the Academy of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with premieres at the Montpellier, Schleswig-Holstein and Menuhin Gstaad Festivals. David Orlowsky’s CD, featuring Porat’s “Lux Aeterna,” won the ECHO Award in 2011; Porat’s piece “Whaam!”, recorded by David Greilsammer for Sony, was released in 2012.
Among his performed pieces are an opera, “Animal Farm”; a Requiem; a mandolin concerto; and a musical theatre trilogy for an actor and ensemble based on stories by Kafka, Orwell and Thomas Mann.
In addition to playing concerts and composing, Mr. Porat is also specialized in improvising to silent movies, hailed by Alex Ross as “One of the most impressive improvisational feats I’ve ever witnessed”.
Highlights of Porat’s 2015/16 season include a solo debut recital in New York, at 92Y, appearances at the Musikfest Berlin, La Folle Journée festivals in France and Japan, a first appearance at the Schubertiade in Hohenems, as well as concerts with the Artemis Quartet, Liza Ferschtman and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.