A recipient of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, he has earned a place among past winners such as: pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, contemporary chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, and the Tokyo String Quartet. His composer collaborations have led to the premiere of over 30 new works in recent years, while allowing him creative partnerships with outstanding performers like the Calder String Quartet and Brazilian guitarist Camilo Carrara. These collaborations can be heard on the NAXOS label and on NPR’s Performance Today.
San Francisco-based alto saxophonist Michael Mortarotti enjoys an active performing career that has taken him throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. As alto saxophonist of the Mana Quartet, Michael has been featured on numerous festival and recital programs, including: the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music on the Edge Concert Series, and as a concerto soloist with the National Music Festival Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony, Echo Chamber Orchestra and the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra.