Amy Schwartz Moretti performs extensively as a chamber musician and soloist appearing at artist series and music festivals across North America and in Europe. As violin winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, she made her international recital debut at the San Miguel de Allende Music Festival. She made her New York solo concerto debut at Carnegie Hall a few months before graduating valedictorian from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied violin with Donald Weilerstein and was coached in the Intensive Quartet Seminars led by Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. Mentored by Isaac Stern at his Chamber Music Workshop in Carnegie Hall, she was twice awarded fellowships from the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies directed by Earl Carlyss. While studying for her Master’s degree, she won the concertmaster audition of The Florida Orchestra in Tampa, marking the beginning of her professional career.
Amy then served as Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony before joining the Mercer University Townsend School of Music as Director of the newly established Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in 2007. She is also the Caroline Paul King Chair in Violin and coordinates the Fabian Concert Series bringing nationally acclaimed musicians to campus for masterclasses and performances. She coaches chamber music and leads the Center String Ensemble and New Music Ensemble. Her dedication to collaboration and performance inspires her teaching.
An advocate of chamber music, Amy was instrumental in the development of intensive summer workshops for young musicians in both Florida and Oregon. Now she coordinates the Young Artist component of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy where Center students have study abroad opportunities, as well as the Labor Day Festival for Strings where exceptional high school musicians are invited to experience Mercer and the McDuffie Center.
With violinist James Ehnes, violist Richard O’Neill and cellist Robert deMaine, she is a member of the critically acclaimed Ehnes Quartet. The ensemble’s engagements in 2014 include a European tour with concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. She is also violinist of the Cortona Trio with her Mercer colleagues, cellist Julie Albers and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen, the Moretti Duo with her husband, jazz drummer and percussionist Steve Moretti, the Georgian Chamber Players in Atlanta and often performs with international artist Robert McDuffie and the distinguished artists of the Center for Strings. Among her engagements next season are several performances on the west coast with Camerata Pacifica.
In 2011, she released her first solo album, Kaleidoscope (Sono Luminus) featuring works by Gershwin-Heifetz, Tchaikovsky, Novacek, Martinon, Kreisler, Massenet and with Robert McDuffie, the Moszkowski Suite. During the summer of 2013, she recorded Prokofiev and Bartók duos with James Ehnes for Chandos and in December, she appears in a PBS Special “A Grand Mercer Christmas” recorded for national telecast from Macon’s historic and beautiful Grand Opera House.
Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Amy’s early violin study was with Suzuki pedagogue Joanne Bath. Summers were spent at the Meadowmount School in upstate New York with long-time Juilliard faculty member Margaret Pardee. Preparatory studies were at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with concertmaster emeritus of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra Zaven Melikian. January 2014, the Conservatory has invited her to be their first Prep Fanfare Honoree. The Cleveland Institute recognized her in 2005 with an Alumni Achievement Award.
The outstanding violin being used by Amy Schwartz Moretti is a J.B. Guadagnini, Piacenza, 1744, known as the “Canadian” on extended loan to her through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago. The Stradivari Society is a unique organization that supports the very highest level of string playing by assisting Patrons who own the most precious antique Italian instruments and choose to make them available to artists of exceptional talent and ability.