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Currently living in Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet is an active pianist, vocalist, arranger, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the 2012 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. In 2011, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in Washington, DC, and continues to serve as executive director.

In addition to her piano performances, Ms. Bormet is a prolific composer. She was commissioned to arrange her composition “Lightning” for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Howard University's Afro Blue, which premiered on the National Mall as a part of Jazz Appreciation Month. She has been commissioned to write for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and the Brad Linde Ensemble among others. Her music is featured in short films, radio dramas, and audio books.

Amy is an alumna of the Kennedy Center's residency program for composer/performers, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, and the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop. She received her master’s degree in jazz studies from Howard University in 2010. As a member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, Amy toured Japan, and performed at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater with NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner.