Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violin
Recognized as a deeply expressive artist with an affinity for chamber music, American violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti has a musical career of broad versatility that spans nearly two decades. She is former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra, and recipient of prizes from the D’Angelo International Young Artist Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Her appearances during the 2016-17 season, include the Japanese premiere of “Three Shades of Blue,” GRAMMY® winner Matt Catingub’s concerto written for her. She has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh and Atlanta; the Hawaii Pops and New York Pops; and the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado, and Grand Teton, and has also served as Concertmaster of CityMusic Cleveland. She is also an award-winning chamber music artist, appearing in concert series and at music festivals across North America and Europe, and she is a member of the internationally acclaimed Ehnes Quartet. Their recent concert tours include appearances in Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Korea, the UK and USA. Recent projects include performances at the 2016 DITTO Festival in Seoul, Korea, and the recording of Schubert and Sibelius quartets released in November 2016. Her Prokofiev and Bartók duos with James Ehnes were included in recordings that received Juno Awards for “Classical Album of the Year – Solo or Chamber Ensemble” in 2014 and 2015. Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music in 2007, she has also developed the Fabian Concert Series, and is violinist of Cortona Trio. The Cleveland Institute of Music has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award and she is the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago, Amy Schwartz Moretti plays the 1744 G.B. Guadagnini violin known as the "Canadian".