Wednesday, February 18 || 7:30 PM
CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios
Amy Williams + Amernet String Quartet
Performing piano quintets and string quartets, including works by Amy Williams, Eric Moe, among others.
Amy Williams has appeared as a pianist and composer at renowned contemporary music venues in the United States, Australia and Europe, including Ars Musica (Belgium), Musikhšst (Denmark), Gaudeamus Musik Week (Netherlands), Festival Aspekte (Austria), Dresden New Music Days (Germany), Festival Musica Nova (Brazil), Music Gallery (Canada), Tanglewood, and LA County Museum. Her compositions have been performed by leading contemporary music soloists and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Monarch Brass, Ensemble Aleph, H2 Saxophone Quartet, Due East, Wet Ink Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Bent Frequency, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Dal Niente, pianists Ursula Oppens and Amy Briggs, and bassist Robert Black. Her works appear on CDs on the Navona, New Ariel and VDM labels. As a pianist, Ms. Williams has recorded for Mode and Hat-Art. She has received awards from ASCAP, the Thayer Award for the Arts, the American- Scandinavian Foundation, the 2002 Wayne Peterson Prize in Music Composition, the Howard Foundation and a 2009 Fromm Music Foundation Commission. She has held residencies at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany) and Bellagio Center (Italy). She holds a Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also received a Master’s degree in piano performance. Her principal teachers were composers David Felder, Charles Wuorinen and Nils Vigeland and pianists Yvar Mikhashoff and Alan Feinberg. Before her current position as Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at the University of Pittsburgh, she taught at Northwestern University and Bennington College.
Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition, before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers, working closely with composers including Anthony Brandt, John Corigliano, Stephen Dankner, David Epstein, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Harold Meltzer, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, and Dmitri Tymoczko. Additionally, the group has made many recordings, among which are the Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe, String Quartet and Bass by John Harbison with Sara Lambert Bloom and Charles Neidich as soloists; The Butterflies Began to Sing, a work for string quartet, bass, MIDI keyboard and computer by Morton Subotnick; an album of quartets by the American composer Stephen Dankner; the string quartet and double bass quintet of Dmitri Tymoczko; and a pairing of the Debussy String Quartet and the Chausson Concert for Piano, Violin, and String Quartet, with James Tocco and Yehonatan Berick. In addition, the Amernet is keen on exploring collaborative projects, and has recently appeared with jazz pianist Steve Allee; onstage with Josée Garant Dance; and with the Kruger Brothers. The Amernet also actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.