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Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violin

Director and Caroline Paul King Violin Chair

Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti has been director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music in 2007, following eight years as concertmaster, first with The Florida Orchestra, then the Oregon Symphony.  Recognized as a deeply expressive artist with an affinity for chamber music, she has an extensive and versatile performance career spanning nearly two decades.

In the fall of 2014, she gave the world premiere of GRAMMY® winner Matt Catingub’s concerto written for her: Three Shades of Blue for Violin, Jazz Trio and Orchestra, and in the spring of 2015, she joined pianist Elizabeth Pridgen for the premiere of a new composition for violin and piano by Christopher Schmitz: “Rhapsody.”  Among other performances during 2014-15, she served as guest concertmaster of Hawaii Pops and presented recitals with pianist Orion Weiss at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition’s 30th Anniversary Year Celebration in San Francisco as a past winner.  Chandos Records released her Prokofiev and Bartók duos with James Ehnes in recordings that received consecutive Juno Awards for the 2014 & 2015 “Classical Album of the Year,” and she recorded a newly commissioned string trio by John Harbison with violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill and cellist Ani Aznavoorian for Camerata Pacifica.  In 2013, she gave the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ septet “Seven Seascapes” at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and also appeared with Stephane Wrembel, gypsy-jazz guitarist and composer of the Midnight In Paris theme song.  She joined Philadelphia Orchestra principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales and concert pianist Anna Polonsky in a live recording of Ives’ “Largo” at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

With James Ehnes, Richard O’Neill and Robert deMaine, Ms. Moretti is a member of the Ehnes Quartet.  Together they recorded Shostakovich and Barber string quartets for Onyx Classics and contributed to the recording Khachaturian/Shostakovich that was selected “Album of the Week” by London’s Sunday Times, June 2014.  They return to Europe along with engagements in North America and Korea in 2015-16, after their highly successful debut tour in 2014.  A frequent performer on campus, she is violinist of Cortona Trio, formed in 2012 with her Center colleagues, cellist Julie Albers and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen, and she has developed the Fabian Concert Series bringing internationally renowned musicians to Mercer for performances and masterclasses.

Her degrees are from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she graduated valedictorian, a student of distinguished artist/teacher Donald Weilerstein.  Major teachers also include the renowned pedagogue and San Francisco Opera concertmaster Zaven Melikian, founding violinist of the Cleveland String Quartet Peter Salaff, long-time Juilliard faculty member Margaret Pardee, Suzuki specialist Joanne Bath and the Naumburg Award-winning Cavani String Quartet.

The Cleveland Institute has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award and she is the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree, the first pre-college graduate to be recognized.  Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago, she has been awarded extended use of an outstanding Italian instrument, the 1744, G.B. Guadagnini violin known as the “Canadian.”  Ms. Moretti holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Violin.

Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Amy resides in Georgia with her husband and two young sons.  

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Updated August 2015



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