Maestro Portnoy currently holds several posts. In 1999, he was appointed Principal
Guest Conductor of the National Opera Symphony & Ballet Orchestra of China in
Beijing where his duties include conducting both operatic productions and orchestral
concerts. He additionally holds the Koger Chair for Fine Arts at the University of South
Carolina, and is founding Director of the Conductors Institute which now holds annual
summer sessions in Columbia and Charleston (Spoleto Festival), South Carolina as well
as in China drawing participants from around the world.
For many years he held posts as Music Director and Conductor of the Augusta
Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Civic Symphony and conducted
for the Pittsburgh Chamber Opera and the Columbia Lyric Opera. He earned an
exceptional reputation as a guest conductor with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Buffalo,
and Baltimore in the United States and throughout France, Germany, Poland, China,
and South Korea, among many other countries.
As an accomplished violinist, he founded the popular American Arts Trio which toured
extensively throughout the United States, Euorpe and South America. He continues
to perform as a violin soloist, most recently with the Amabile Chamber Orchestra in
Taejon, South Korea.