MICHAEL KLOTZ : VIOLA
Born in 1978 in Rochester, NY, Michael Klotz made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at age 17. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Mannes Bach Festival Orchestra, FIU Symphony, and overseas with the Budapest Radio Orchestra and World Youth Symphony in London.
Passionately dedicated to chamber music, Michael Klotz joined the internationally renowned Amernet String Quartet as violist upon graduation from The Juilliard School. Mr. Klotz has performed recitals and chamber music in all of New York’s leading venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, MOMA, Kosciuszko Foundation, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic as well as in important musical centers throughout the U.S., Mexico, Japan, Dominican Republic, Romania, and England. Festival appearances include Newport, Caramoor, Great Lakes, Bowdoin, Music Mountain, Sarasota, and Chautauqua. He prizes his association with the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, which he has been associated with since his days as a participant in 1997.
In 2003 Mr. Klotz was invited by Maestro Jaime Laredo to perform with the New York String Orchestra as a “distinguished alumnus.” He has collaborated in concert with esteemed artists such as Toby Appel, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, Andre Emelianoff, Yehuda Hanani, Anthony McGill, Sergiu Schwartz, Eric Shumsky, James Tocco, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Zvi Zeitlin, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony. Upcoming performances include Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Roberto Diaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music and Mozart Viola Quintets with the Ying Quartet.
Mr. Klotz is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Viola at Florida International University in Miami. He is also a member of the Artist Faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Michael Klotz graduated from the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double Master of Music in violin and viola from The Juilliard School.
Mr. Klotz performs on an exquisite Antonio and Hieronymus Amati viola from 1619, graciously on loan from Peter Kamnitzer of the LaSalle Quartet. He resides in “South Beach” with his dog Bea, a beagle.