McDuffie Center director honored with Juno Award for recording

Staff reportApril 1, 2014 

Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, was one of four featured performers on a recording that won a Juno Award Sunday night.

Those awards are Canada’s equivalent of the American Grammy Awards.

The recording of Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin won for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

Moretti performed with Canadian violinist James Ehnes, who has performed with Moretti as part of the Ehnes Quartet in Mercer’s Fickling Hall; Andrew Armstrong, piano; and the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

The awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists in acknowledgment of artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music, according to a statement from the university.

“We are thrilled that Amy has been recognized in this manner,” said C. David Keith, dean of Mercer’s Townsend School of Music. “Her collaboration with James Enhes certainly establishes Amy as one of the leading chamber musicians in the world. She continues to represent Mercer University, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend School of Music as an outstanding artist and pedagogue.”

Moretti performs on a G.B. Guadagnini violin from Piacenza known as the “Canadian,” which was awarded to her by the Stradivari Society of Chicago. The instrument on extended loan to Moretti dates to 1744.

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