Amy Wurtz

Pianist and composer Amy Wurtz holds Master's Degrees in Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor's Degrees summa cum laude in Piano Performance and Creative Writing from the University of Redlands.  She studied piano with Inés Gómez-Carillo, Alexander Braginsky and Louanne Long, and composition with Judith Lang Zaimont and Alexandra Pierce.  She has performed the American premiere of Beatrice Ohanessian's The Dawn, composed Mariposa en arrullo, a prize-winning song cycle set to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, and produced and conducted multiple European performances of her choral work, Message from the Soul.  Amy composes, teaches and performs throughout Chicago and the Midwest, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles such as Palomar, the Caulmet Chamber Musicians, and the New Millennium Orchestra.   Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by Zeitgeist, Access Contemporary Music, the Chicago Composers Orchestra and others, and her first two string quartets were recorded and released on CD by the Chicago Q Ensemble in 2012. She is a board member of New Music Chicago and the Music Director at Hemenway United Methodist Church in Evanston.  She is currently at work producing her second CD containing her new Piano Quintet, a work commissioned and presented by the American Music Project.