Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violin
American violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, recognized as a deeply expressive artist with an affinity for chamber music, has a career of broad versatility. During 2014-15 season she premiered Grammy Award-winner Matt Catingub’s concerto written for her: Three Shades of Blue for Violin, Jazz Trio and Orchestra. With James Ehnes, Richard O’Neill and Robert deMaine, she is a member of the Ehnes Quartet. Together they have recorded Barber and Shostakovich quartets and along with performances in North America, will be returning to Europe in 2015-16. With James Ehnes, she recorded Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins and Bartók’s 44 Duos; their renditions were included in Chandos CDs that won consecutive Juno awards for Classical Album of the Year. Recent recordings also include John Harbison’s String Trio (Harmonia Mundi) with Richard O’Neill and Ani Aznavoorian, and Ives’ Largo (Onyx Classics) with Ricardo Morales and Anna Polonsky. Formerly concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra, Amy is director and Caroline Paul King Chair of the McDuffie Center for Strings at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music in Georgia where she curates the Fabian Concert Series and is violinist of Cortona Trio. The Cleveland Institute of Music has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award. She is the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society, she has extended use of a 1744 G.B. Guadagnini violin.