Gennaro “Gerry” Porcaro received his Bachelors of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Music Theory and Composition with a focus in Piano. While at Westminster he discovered the harp and began to pursue it full time. He is currently attending Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for his Masters in Music in Harp Performance.
Mr. Porcaro’s performances include ensemble and chamber works, Orchestral, and solo performances. He has performed with Grammy nominated James Jordan and the Williamson Voices in Leonard Bernstein’s work “Chichester Psalms.” Other Orchestras include The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra and The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He is principal harpist for the Westminster Community Orchestra, and second harpist for the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. In Italy, he is assistant to world renowned harpist Sasha Boldachev during a masterclass workshop at the “Academia Jacopo Napoli.” He is also passionate about performing new works for harp. In 2013 he premiered “Elegy, for the Victims of 9/11,” composed for chamber ensemble by Michael Green.
Past harp teachers for Mr. Porcaro include Allison Simpson (previous president of the American Harp Society’s Philadelphia Chapter), Sasha Boldachev, Elaine Christy, Andre Tarentiles, and Doug Rioth (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra). Other notable teachers include pianist Lillian Livingston, and composer Laurie Altman.