Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti has been director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception at Mercer University in 2007, following eight years as concertmaster, first with The Florida Orchestra, then the Oregon Symphony. She performs widely, especially chamber music. A member of the Ehnes Quartet, she recorded Barber and Shostakovich for Onyx Classics and recently toured Europe. With James Ehnes, she recorded Prokofiev and Bartók duos for Chandos in England. Their “Sonata for Two Violins” is included in “Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin” that won the 2014 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year.
With Richard O’Neill and Ani Aznavoorian, she recorded a newly commissioned string trio by John Harbison (Harmonia Mundi). In 2013, she joined Ricardo Morales and Anna Polonsky in a live recording of Ives’ “Largo” at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and gave the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ septet “Seven Seascapes”at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival in New York. The Cleveland Institute of Music has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award and she is a San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society, she was awarded extended use of the 1744, G.B. Guadagnini violin known as the “Canadian.”