The Amernet String Quartet members – Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violins, Michael Klotz, viola, and Jason Calloway, cello- have come together from the top rank of young musicians who are actively engaged in major performing careers.
The quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet was founded in 1992 at The Juilliard School and was the First prize winner of the Banff, Tokyo, and Fischoff chamber music competitions.
The members of the Amernet trained individually under some of the most distinguished performers and pedagogues in the history of string playing, including Zvi Zeitlin, Elmar Oliveira, Chaim Taub, Toby Appel, Orlando Cole and Ronald Leonard at leading US institutions such as The Juilliard School, Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, and USC Thornton School of Music.
At the 2015 Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group: [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy. A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair. Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear. He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning. Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group. However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”
The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.