Michael Klotz- Viola, Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University
Born in 1978 in Rochester, NY, Michael Klotz made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of 17. He has also appeared as soloist with the Miami Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Eastman Philharmonia, Mannes Bach Festival Orchestra, Bowdoin Festival Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony in London, England. Of a recent performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with violist Roberto Diaz, the Portland Press-Herald proclaimed, “this concert squelched all viola jokes, now and forever, due to the talents of Diaz and Klotz.”
In 2002, Michael Klotz joined the Amernet String Quartet, FIU’s Quartet-in-Residence, and has toured the US, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Korea, Romania, Colombia, Belgium, and Spain with the ensemble. Klotz has performed at some of New York’s most important venues, among which are Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, MoMA, Bargemusic, and the Kosciuzsko Foundation. His festival appearances have included Seattle, Newport, Caramoor, Great Lakes, Skaneateles, Beverly Hills, Music Mountain, Bowdoin, Madeline Island, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, and Miami Mainly Mozart.
Mr. Klotz has performed with many of today’s leading artists, appearing as guest violist with Shanghai, Ying, and Borromeo String Quartets, and collaborating with artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Ehnes, Vadim Gluzman, Gary Hoffman, Robert DeMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, James Tocco, William VerMuelen, Joel Smirnoff, Clive Greensmith, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, Anthony McGill and Alexander Fiterstein. as well as with principal players of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, he was was invited by Maestro Jaime Laredo to perform with distinguished alumni at the 30th anniversary concert of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall.
Michael Klotz is a graduate of 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’s Degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School. His teachers and influences include Zvi Zeitlin, Toby Appel, Peter Kamnitzer, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Also a dedicated teacher, Mr. Klotz is Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University, where he teaches viola and chamber music. He has also been a member of the artist faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and the Killington Music Festival. His former students currently attend and are graduates of prestigious conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and are already achieving leading roles in the music world. Michael Klotz resides in Hallandale Beach, FL with his wife Kelly and son Jacob, as well as three dogs and two cats.