Amy Schwartz Moretti

Amy is recognized as a deeply expressive artist and known for her musical career of broad versatility.

Recognized as a deeply expressive artist and known for her musical career of broad versatility, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti is Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music and former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra.  She has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New York Pops, Hawaii Pops, and festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton. Amy is a member of the internationally acclaimed Ehnes String Quartet and maintains an active performing schedule of solo, chamber, and concertmaster appearances.

Recent projects include the CD release of Schubert and Sibelius quartets; performing Beethoven’s complete cycle of string quartets in Korea; leading the McDuffie Center String Ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut; and performing the international premiere in Japan, of “Three Shades of Blue,”GRAMMY® winner Matt Catingub’s concerto written for her.

Amy has recorded for Chandos, Harmonia Mundi, Onyx Classics, CBC Records and Sono Luminus. Her Prokofiev and Bartók duos with James Ehnes were included in recordings that received Juno Awards in 2014 and 2015 for “Classical Album of the Year.” In addition to her recordings and international performances, Amy curates the Fabian Concert Series in Macon, Georgia, and holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings.  Her dedication to collaboration and performance complements her directorship and inspires her teaching of the Center’s gifted young musicians.

Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Ms. Moretti plays the 1744, G.B. Guadagnini violin.  The Cleveland Institute has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award and she is the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree. Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Amy lives in Georgia with her husband and two young sons enjoying all aspects of motherhood, especially Saturday morning soccer matches.