Michelle LaPorte was born on 6 August 1968 in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Long Island University. A pupil of Samuel Baron, Michelle has also participated in master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jeanne Baxtresser, Keith Underwood, and Michel Debost.
She has established an international professional reputation as flutist & founding member of the Serenade Duo (with Gerry Saulter, guitarist), receiving acclaim for performances throughout the United States and Europe in such diverse venues as the American Church in Paris, the United States Embassy and the New Zealand Embassy in Paris, the International School of Paris, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. She has made televised appearances on WLIW/PBS and News 12 Long Island. A Miyazawa Artist, Michelle has also received honors and awards from Artists International and the New York State Council of the Arts. Listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, she presently serves on the faculty of Five Towns College in New York.
Together with Gerry Saulter, she made a central artistic contribution to the 2007 Delian Suite, performing new works for flute and guitar by composers from around the world: Carlos Caicedo-Russi (Carabobo, Venezuela); Jean Chatillon (Quebec, Canada); Joseph Dillon Ford (Florida, USA); Edward Gold (New York, USA); Raymond Lohengrin (Florida, USA); Jon Lyle Smith (Oklahoma, USA); and David Solomons (Manchester, United Kingdom). She has also premiered works by Carlos Barrientos, Michael Belajonas, Chuck Mymit, Jill Miller-Thorn, Alfred Townsend, and Michael Williamson. Her artistry is represented by the recently released album Postcards from Paris, available from Centaur Records, which showcases flute and guitar works by French Composers.
Michelle firmly believes tonality plays a fundamental role in contemporary musical culture:
Composition of new tonal music is essential to cultivating beauty, harmony, and peace within our ever-changing contemporary global society.