McDuffie Center Director Honored with Second Consecutive Juno Award


Moretti's Mentors to Perform Friday at Mercer

MACON – Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, who serves as director of Mercer University's Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, was featured alongside Canadian violinist James Ehnes on the recording Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin, Vol. 3, which received the 2015 Juno Award for “Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.”

The Juno Awards, held on March 15 in Hamilton, Ontario's FirstOntario Centre, are Canada's equivalent to the American Grammy Awards. This year's honor marks Moretti's second consecutive Juno Award in the same category. Last year, she was one of four musicians collaborating with Ehnes for the CD set Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin.

Ehnes and Moretti performed Bartok's “44 Duos for Two Violins” for the latest recording, which was released on Chandos Records' Naxos label in June 2014.

The Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings, Moretti developed the Fabian Concert Series at Mercer, which features renowned musicians from around the globe in the intimate Fickling Recital Hall on the University's campus. The series finale, featuring the Cavani Quartet, will be held Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

“I am extremely thankful that the women of the Cavani Quartet were my chamber music mentors during my collegiate years at the Cleveland Institute of Music,” said Moretti. “It will be great to have them in residency for a few days to mentor and coach our students of the McDuffie Center. Their concert should be an evening of great music-making.”

Serving as Quartet in Residence since 1988 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cavani Quartet's work has been described as “a true musical tour-de-force… astonishingly beautiful and technically superb, chamber music at its best.”

Admission to the Fabian Series is $12 at the door; all Mercer students, faculty and staff with valid I.D. receive one free ticket. To purchase tickets, call (478) 301-5470.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America's most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season's concerts, please visit or call (478) 301-5751.