Michael Klotz, violist, was born in 1978 in Rochester, NY and made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of seventeen. He has also appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Mannes Bach Festival Orchestra, and the World Youth Music Festival Orchestra in London, England. Recently he performed as a soloist with Miami Symphony and Boca Symphonia. Michael Klotz is the violist of the Amernet String Quartet. An avid performer of the chamber music repertoire, recent appearances on violin and viola include concerts in New York at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Museum of Modern Art and the Kosciuzsko Foundation, which included a live broadcast on WQXR-FM. Additionally, he has been heard in prestigious halls in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, Rochester, and Mexico. Michael Klotz has performed at leading festivals such as Caramoor, Newport, Skaneateles, Music Mountain, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, where he was a faculty member from 2005-2008. He prizes his association with the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. In December of 2003 he was invited by Maestro Jaime Laredo to perform with distinguished alumni of the Seminar in Carnegie Hall. Some of Michael Klotz teachers include Zvi Zeitlin, Lewis Kaplan and Toby Appel. In 2002, Michael Klotz became one of the few individuals to complete the Master of Music degree in both Violin and Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, where he was a recipient of the Maxwell Gluck Fellowship and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship. HIs students are currently attending the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Instiute of Music, Indiana University, and Yale. They are winners of national and international competitions. One recently won a position in the Atlanta Symphony. Klotz performs on a 1619 Anonio and Hierinymus Amati viola graciously on loan from Peter Kamnitzer of the LaSalle Quartet.