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Elizabeth De La Porte

ARCM LRSM Diploma Vienna Academy

At the young age of 16, South African born Elizabeth de la Porte performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in a radio transmission with the South African Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.

She was first a graduate of the Vienna Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst (as it then was), and then of the Royal College of Music, where she was strongly drawn to the harpsichord and its repertoire. During the 1970s she established an enviable reputation performing a wide range of harpsichord music, not only in this country but in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her playing of JS Bach, a very special interest, is immortalised on a 3 CD set from London Independent Records (LIR 12).

Elizabeth de la Porte, harpsichordist, Baroque specialist and pianist continues to offer the wealth of her long and varied musical experience to pupils at the RCM Junior Department. She has been described as “The wonderful but strict Elizabeth de la Porte, who, thankfully, insisted her pupils build up a ‘proper’ keyboard technique”, and this accolade came from James O’Donnell, one of her earliest pupils. He is now Master of Music at Westminster Abbey, and as President of the Royal College of Organists he supplied an account of his musical influences (Journal of the Royal College of Organists, January 2012). He recalled appreciatively his time as a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM Juniors, and particularly singled out the teaching of Elizabeth de la Porte. She has now guided generations of students at the RCM Junior Department, teaching the essence of musicianship and musical sensitivity as well as technique.

Faculties / departments: Junior Department


Contact

For enquires please contact:

Junior Department Enquiries

jd@rcm.ac.uk