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Amy Schwartz Moretti

American violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, recognized as a deeply expressive artist with an affinity for chamber music, 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. She was also an award winner at the Washington International Competition for Strings and made her New York concerto debut in Carnegie Hall.  The St. Petersburg Times describes her playing as “breathtakingly rich in tone and color” and The American Record Guide has hailed her as a “brilliant soloist.”  In addition to her performances as an orchestral soloist and concertmaster, she is an award-winning chamber music artist, appearing extensively in concert series and at music festivals across North America and Europe.  She has appeared at such historic venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Palazzo Barberini in Rome, and Wigmore Hall in London.


Ms. Moretti’s dedication to collaboration and performance inspires her teaching. She was instrumental in the development of intensive summer chamber music workshops for young musicians in both Florida and Oregon.  At Mercer University, she teaches the McDuffie Center’s violin students and coaches chamber music.  A frequent performer on campus, she developed and curates the Fabian Concert Series and is violinist of Cortona Trio with her colleagues cellist Julie Albers and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen.  She has been director of the Center for Strings since its inception and formative years, working closely with Robert McDuffie and ten faculty Distinguished Artists. She holds the Caroline Paul King Chair.


Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Amy is the third generation of professional musicians in her family.  She and her husband reside in Georgia with their two young sons.  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 of Chicago, Ms. Moretti has been awarded extended use of an outstanding Italian instrument, the 1744, G.B. Guadagnini violin known as the “Canadian.”

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