He is a
cellist and teacher, born in Israel, to a family here his father is the
cartoonist and illustrator Azi Katz, his mother
is the sculptress Rachel London Katz, his brother Schmuel
being a violist and his other brother Itamar
being a graphic designer.
He was awarded
a scholarship by the America Israel Cultural Foundation in 1988 and has studied
at the New England Conservatory on a Piatigorsky
several awards and prizes through his career he has been the recipient of
the first prize at Tel Aviv’s Rubin Academy Competition and the
Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition. As a Ranglewood
Music Center Fello he
has won the Karl Zeise Prize and has also been presented
with Boston’s Presser Music Award.
recognition for his performances of contemporary music he played with the
New Fromm Players at Tanglewood
by invitation in 2002. He has
also performed and recorded the premiere of the Cello Concerto by Menachem Weisenberg with the
Israel Defence Force Orchestra During the time he was carrying
out his Israeli military service he worked in the “Distinguished
Musician Program” and performed with the Israel Defence Force String
Quartet in concerts given for the soldiers in outreach areas.
He has also
premiered works by Elliott Carter in Boston and the composer Lior
Novak wrote his “Fantasy for Solo Cello” for him, which he
premiered in 2001. Other
contemporary composers he has worked with include John Corigliano,
John Harbison, Gyorgy Kurtag and Leon Kirchner.
career he has performed internationally at many major venues as an
acclaimed chamber musician, orchestra member and soloist. Some of the
ensembles he has performed with include the Ariel String Quartet, Civic
Symphony of Boston, Classical Tangent, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and
Symphony Pro Musica. In 2004 he became a member of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He has also
performed at the Marlboro Festival and worked with other acclaimed string musicians
such as Kim Kashkashian, Gil Shaham
and Pinkhas Zukerman.
Some of his
recordings include America and Chris
Botti: Live in Boston with the Boston Pops
In the field
of musical education he has worked as a faculty member at the Boston
University Tanglewood Institute and Tanglewood Music Center.
He also gives private tuition.