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SFCM Chamber Music Tuesday featuring Amy Schwartz-Moretti
What’s cool about this evening of chamber music:
- NEW MONTHLY SERIES: Chamber Music Tuesdays is a new series where chamber music majors perform with world-renowned guest artists (including Opus 3 Artists and international competition award winners) and SFCM faculty members in the new Barbro Osher Recital Hall at the Bowes Center. The series is led and curated by SFCM Chair of String and Piano Chamber Music, Dimitri Murrath.
- Hear acclaimed violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti ’94 perform alongside SFCM students. Moretti is a 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. In 2014, she received SFCM’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award.
- A piece by composer Jessie Montgomery, who held an online residency with SFCM students in the Spring of 2021.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Piano Trio in G Major, L. 5
I. Andantino con molto allegro
II. Scherzo: Moderato con allegro
III. Andante espressivo
IV. Finale: Appassionato
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
William Laney, cello
Yichun “Helen” Wu, piano
Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981)
Strum for String Quintet
Amy Schwartz Moretti and Idunn Lohne, violins
Sohui Yun, viola
Matthew Park, cello
Christian Hales, double bass
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18
I. Allegro con moto
II. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
IV. Allegro vivace
Amy Schwartz Moretti and Suni Norman, violins
Dimitri Murrath* and Sohui Yun, viola
Kyle Stachnik, cello
* SFCM Faculty
About SFCM’s String and Piano Chamber Music Department:
SFCM’s chamber music ensemble experience strongly emphasizes studying, hearing, and performing the wide variety of works in chamber music literature. Performances are given in both informal and formal workshops, and in numerous public concerts at the Conservatory each semester.
Faculty chamber music concerts held throughout the year include advanced students in mixed ensembles. Guest artists are often invited to rehearse and perform with chamber music students and faculty, and to conduct chamber music master classes. Recent visitors have included violinist Robert Mann and cellist Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard String Quartet, Leon Fleisher, Garrick Ohlsson, Menahem Pressler, Sharon Robinson, Timothy Eddy, Jeffrey Kahane, Peter Oundjian, Kim Kashkashian, and Donald and Vivian Weilerstein.
Also a dedicated track of study, our degree programs in chamber music are two of the most elite majors we offer. With a department size never exceeding 10 (one quartet and up to six individuals), students get unrivaled access to faculty and visiting artists. As a student within the chamber music department, you’ll be connected with performance opportunities throughout the Bay Area—and with the networking opportunities that come with them.
Get to know Amy Schwartz Moretti:
Recognized as a deeply expressive artist, American violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti 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. Her appearances during the 2016-17 season include the Japanese premiere of “Three Shades of Blue,” GRAMMY® winner Matt Catingub’s concerto written for her. She has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh and Atlanta; the Hawaii Pops and New York Pops; and the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton, and has also served as Concertmaster of CityMusic Cleveland, a chamber orchestra bringing free concerts into the neighborhoods of northeastern Ohio.
In addition to her performances as an orchestral soloist and concertmaster, she is an award-winning chamber music artist, appearing in concert series and at music festivals across North America and Europe, and she is a member of the internationally acclaimed Ehnes Quartet. Their recent concert tours include appearances in Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Korea, the UK and USA. Recent projects include studies of the complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets for performances at the 2016 DITTO Festival in Seoul, Korea, and the recording of Schubert and Sibelius quartets for an album released November 2016 and nominated for a 2017 Gramophone Award. She has recorded for Chandos, Harmonia Mundi, Onyx Classics, CBC Records, BCMF/Naxos and Sono Luminus. Her Prokofiev and Bartók duos with James Ehnes were included in recordings that received Juno Awards for “Classical Album of the Year – Solo or Chamber Ensemble” in 2014 and 2015. Throughout her career, Ms. Moretti has been an advocate of chamber music and instrumental in the development of intensive workshops for young musicians in Oregon, Florida and Georgia.
Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Amy lives in Georgia with her husband and two young sons. Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music in 2007, she has also developed the Fabian Concert Series on campus featuring internationally distinguished artists in chamber music concerts and masterclasses, and is violinist of Cortona Trio with her McDuffie Center colleagues. Her dedication to collaboration and performance complements her directorship and inspires her teaching and coaching of the Center’s gifted young musicians.
The Cleveland Institute of Music has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award and she is the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree, their first Pre-college graduate to be recognized.
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