Philip Lawrence Borter is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most diverse stringed instrumentalist of his generation. Being equally comfortable in traditional as well as non-traditional performance styles, Dr. Borter has prided himself in exploring and sharing an incredibly varied repertory.
For several years he was a member of the crossover cello ensemble "Break of Reality" with whom he toured the country, performing at festivals, colleges, high schools, and performing arts centers. Most recently he formed Duo-B, a violin and cello ensemble, with his wife, Hirono Sugimoto Borter. Together they have dedicated themselves to promoting the wealth of repertory for the genre and are busy expanding the medium through multiple unique collaborations.
In addition to his cello performing, he is also a dedicated educator, orchestral conductor, and arts advocate. He recently completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked with Professors Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott as their Teaching Assistant. Simultaneously, he served as a Cello Instructor at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Borter 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 serves as clinician for middle, high school and collegiate level music students.