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Frank Portone


B.M. Temple University


I was born in Philadelphia and studied with Philadelphia Orchestra members John Simonelli and Kendall Betts. I was also an active freelance player in the Philadelphia area while in school and several years after. I left there to play principal horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, where I simultaneously taught at the Hong Kong Catholic University. During that time, one of my students was accepted to the Royal Conservatory in England.

Since moving to Charlotte to work for the Charlotte Symphony, I've been an adjunct professor at Davidson College and UNC Charlotte. I've also been a member of the Carolina Brass Quartet for more than 30 years, and a featured soloist with the CSO. I'm actively interested in chamber music and have performed many times in both the noontime chamber music concerts at St. Peter's Church and the chamber music series at Providence United Methodist Church.

I've been married for 34 years to my wife, Maria, and I have three children, Carissa, Daniel, and Teresa. Outside of making music, I love to golf and fish, sing, cook, eat, and watch football on TV.