Guest violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti joins audience favorite pianist Franz Mantini for a concert of classical music in this annual spring-time event.
Moretti has a musical career of broad versatility that spans nearly two decades. Former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra, Amy has served as guest Concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Houston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, CityMusic Cleveland, New York and Hawaii Pops, and the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton. Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception in the Mercer University Townsend School of Music, Ms. Moretti has developed the Fabian Concert Series and holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings. A performing artist with an affinity for chamber music, Amy maintains an active schedule of solo, chamber and Concertmaster appearances and is a member of the Ehnes Quartet. 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. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society, Amy plays a 1744 G.B. Guadagnini violin. Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Amy lives in Georgia with her husband and two sons.
Franz Josef Mantini, pianist and graduate of the University of South Florida, took an unusual route to the concert stage. Although he had piano lessons since his youth, it was not until he auditioned for then USF distinguished artist-in residence Jacques Abram that he became serious about the music. Inspired by the teaching of Abram and the beauty of the piano literature, Mantini renewed his studies with enthusiasm, performing frequently and winning the school’s Concerto Competition before graduating in 1987.
Mantini has since maintained an active schedule of both solo and chamber music. He has performed Concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and MacDowell and chamber music with the Lafayette String Quartet and principal members of The Florida Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He was a prize winner in the 1990 Florida West Coast Chopin Competition and won a Jury Discretionary Prize and Best Performance of a Classical Era Work at the 4th and 5th International Piano Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs, respectively, presented by the Van Cliburn Foundation
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