Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring legendary cellist and pedagogue, Paul Katz.
Based on live auditions held on November 12, students selected to participate in the Master Class are Mia Kim Bernard, Lukas Kebuladze, Andrea Kim, Jordan Lee, Ian Maloney, Annamaria Witek, and Emily Xu. These students will perform works by Bach, Niccolo Paganini, Gabriel Faure, Edward Elgar, Samuel Barber and others. Students selected as Honorable Mention were Noel Cho, Aurelia Faidley-Solars, Teddy Staphos, and Rebecca Benson.
About Paul Katz
As cellist for 26 years of the legendary Cleveland Quartet, Paul Katz made more than 70 recordings, receiving many distinctions including Best of the Year Awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review, 11 Grammy nominations, and 2 Grammy Awards. Recordings of special interest to cellists are his Dohnanyi Cello Sonata and the Cleveland Quartet’s Schubert Quintet for two cellos with Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Katz and the CQ performed at the White House, on “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and “The Grammy Awards” (in 1973, the first classical musicians ever to appear). “In The Mainstream: The Cleveland Quartet,” was a one hour documentary televised across the U.S. and Canada, available today on YouTube.
2016 saw the release of “Talent Has Hunger,” a film about Paul Katz and his students directed by Academy Award nominated Josh Aronson, now showing in theaters and available on Amazon and iTunes.
Since 2001 Mr. Katz has taught cello at the New England Conservatory and directs NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training Program. His cello students have achieved international careers with solo recordings on Decca, EMI, Channel Classics and Sony Classical; are cellists of some of the most illustrious recent string quartets (Ariel, Cavani, Jupiter, Lafayette, Omer, Pacifica, Parker, Verona and Ying); are principal chairs in the orchestras of Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Oslo, Osaka, and are members of many American symphony orchestras such as Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, National Symphony, Pittsburgh, Rochester and St. Louis.
In conjunction with WGBH in Boston and NEC, Paul Katz created cellobello.com, an international cello website featuring video lessons in English with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish. CelloBello streams masterclasses, offers regular blogs by illustrious cellists and teachers, has current Jobs and Competition postings, a listing of 21st Century compositions, and weekly call-in video CelloChats on artistic and technical questions.
To learn more about Mr. Katz, click here.
Attendance to the class is open to all. Auditions for participation will be held November 12. Nominations are due Oct 27. For details regarding student requirements and to nominate a student, click here.
Part of the Sylvia and Jacob Handler Master Class series. This master class is part of Mr. Katz's three-day residency, The Art of Teaching and Performing,that also includes the film, "Talent Has Hunger" and discussion on Dec 10 at 7pm and a round-table discussion with Mr. Katz and Thurnauer cello faculty members on Tuesday, Dec 12 at 10am.