Amy Pikler received her BM viola degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan where she studied with Professor Yizhak Schotten. In addition to serving as a section violist in the San Antonio Symphony, Amy is a member of the New World Symphony and has served as co-principal violist of the University of Michigan Symphony as well as a violist in the Ann Arbor Symphony. She has participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Aspen Music Festival and American Academy of Conducting Orchestras, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She was first place winner of the American Viola Society 2014–15 Orchestral Excerpts Competition, has received a Farwell Trust award from the Musicians Club of Women (Chicago), and was a finalist in the NFAA/YoungArts program.
Amy is also an accomplished recorder player. She was featured as recorder soloist with flutist Mary Stolper in Telemann’s Concerto for Recorder and Flute with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque under the direction of Maestro Nicholas Kraemer. In 2011, Amy presented the United States premiere of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Recorder Concerto with the I’Solisti Chamber Orchestra. Recently, Amy served as recorder player with the New World Symphony in performances of Water Music by Telemann and Handel.
Amy has also appeared as violin, viola, and recorder soloist with several Illinois orchestras.
Amy’s hobbies include biking, hiking, and language study.