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Amy Schwartz Moretti
Concert Mistress Clurie Williams Bennis Chair

Lauded for playing described as “breathtakingly rich in tone and color” (St. Petersburg Times, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti has made solo and collaborative appearances that have taken her across the United States and abroad, performing in such venues as Weill Recital Hall, Rome's Gonfalone Oratory, Severance Hall, Spivey Hall, Dali Museum, Edinburgh Castle, the 92nd Street Y, and the Crystal Cathedral. Her New York concerto debut was in Carnegie Hall. In recent engagements, she joined Robert McDuffie in Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins at the 2008 Aspen Music Festival and was featured soloist at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina with Maestro Keith Lockhart conducting the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra.

Formerly concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and earlier the Florida Orchestra, her orchestral career spanned nearly eight seasons. She also performed with the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, was artistic director of Bay Area Music Summer Chamber Workshop for young musicians in Florida, and guest concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the NY Pops in Carnegie Hall and Bryant Park.     In 2007, she joined the Mercer University Townsend School of Music as director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings where she holds the Caroline Paul King Violin Chair and coordinates the McDuffie and Friends Labor Day Festival for Strings. She balances her teaching career with solo and chamber music engagements with orchestras and artists across the country. She frequently appears at national and international music festivals and performs with the distinguished visiting artists of the McDuffie Center. Since coming to Mercer, she has joined Atlanta Symphony principal cellist Christopher Rex and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen to form Trio RPM, which has performed in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. She also performs with her husband Steve Moretti, jazz drummer and classical percussionist, in the Moretti Duo.

Born in Wisconsin, Ms Moretti spent her childhood in eastern North Carolina and California, beginning violin studies at age four and soloing with the Winston-Salem Symphony at twelve. Winner of awards and prizes including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, she was presented in recital at the San Miguel de Allende International Music Festival. Her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees are from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and graduated valedictorian. In 2005, she was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award. Earlier studies were with Zaven Melikian at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music preparatory division and Margaret Pardee at Meadowmount. She began her studies with Joanne Bath. Influential chamber music coaches include the late Isaac Stern, Peter Salaff, and the Cavani and Orion string quartets. She was coached by some of the finest chamber musicians of our time as a Fellow at the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies and a participant in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop in Carnegie Hall as well as the Intensive String Quartet Seminars at the Cleveland Institute.