Duo Amantis is a ground-breaking, virtuoso flute and guitar chamber music ensemble that specializes in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, new works created in collaboration with living composers, and imaginative transcription of masterpieces from the Western canon. Their debut album featuring recordings of pieces by Bogdanovic, Tadic, Ourkouzounov, Holmes, and da Silva, will be released by Doberman-Yppan in 2016. Michael Kudirka and Tara Schwab will also be featured on a 2-disc recording of the chamber music of Jeffrey Holmes, to be released by MicroFest Records in 2016.
Founded in 2006 at the California Institute of the Arts, Duo Amantis is known for its adventurous programming of serious chamber music presented with breathtaking artistry and total artistic commitment. The duo has performed at many notable venues and concert series including, REDCAT, Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey, Yellow House Concerts Santa Barbara, the Alfred Newman Recital Hall, The Wild Beast @ CalArts, Chapman Conservatory, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the University of Oregon, Pacific Palisades Chamber Music Series, the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and Loyola University Chicago, among others. Collaborations with living composers past and present include Jeffrey Holmes, Vera Ivanova, Patricio da Silva, and Veronika Krausas, among others.
Notable soloists in their own right, members Tara Schwab (flute) and Michael Kudirka (guitar) have appeared internationally at such venues as the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal), Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Mexico), Ono Guitar School (Japan), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco), Jacaranda (Santa Monica), Hult Center (Oregon), and the Frye Art Museum (Seattle). Dedicated educators as well as performers, Tara and Michael have given masterclasses, seminars, and lectures at a variety of institutions including the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), the University of Oregon at Eugene, Duke University, the University of Southern California, the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Duo Amantis is represented by Aranjuez Artists.
Tara Schwab has performed throughout the United States, the UK, and Mexico as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She is currently Principal Flute with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with the CalArts New Century Players, the Traverse Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, and the UNC Symphony Orchestra where she performed Malcolm Arnold's Concerto No. 1 for flute and strings. She has collaborated with many of today's most compelling composers such as Shulamit Ran, Christopher Rouse, Patrício da Silva, Jeffrey Holmes, and Veronika Krausas. In addition to being a specialist in contemporary music, Tara works in the field of historically informed performance practice with an emphasis on 18th-century repertoire. Her work with the flauto traverso led to the composition of her doctoral dissertation entitled "A Flutist's Handbook for the Development of a Rhetorical Approach to W.A. Mozart's Concerto in G Major, K. 313." which was awarded the 2014 Fritz Thelen Prize for an outstanding dissertation by the Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik (IGEB). Tara holds the position of Assistant Professor of Flute at Arkansas State University.
Michael Kudirka is a classical guitarist with many interests including collaborations with living composers, chamber music with guitar, and historical performance practice on lute and theorbo. Performing internationally throughout Europe, Asia, and North America he has appeared in many notable concert series, including Other Minds 8, the 43rd Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Montreal's "Musique Contemporaine", Guadalajara International Book Fair, Portland Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America 2011 International Convention, Jacaranda "Music at the Edge", and the L.A. Philharmonic's "Minimalist Jukebox", among many others. He has won first prize at several major guitar competitions including the 2000 Portland International Guitar Competition, the American String Teachers Association Competition, the Pacific Guitar Competition, and the University of Southern California Concerto Competition. He has won grants from the Theodor Presser Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the American Composer's Forum and has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Southern California, and Idyllwild Arts Academy. Michael Kudirka is a D’Addario sponsored artist.