Praised as “world-class musician” by the leading German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau and heralded by the Ottawa Citizen for his “uncommonly rich and introspective” playing, Shmuel Katz serves as principal viola with the Mostly Mozart festival orchestra and with Pennsylvania Ballet.
He is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and plays regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Katz has appeared as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He recorded with them for EMI label and has toured with the orchestra in Europe, Asia and North America.
Mr. Katz received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman and Michael Tree. Before leaving for New York, he studied in Israel with Haim Taub, Ora Shiran and Yair Kless. He also performed in master classes given by Dorothy DeLay and Josef Gingold.
Mr. Katz has participated in several chamber music festivals in the United States, Europe and Israel. His chamber music experience includes collaborations with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Ralph Kirschbaum, Michael Tree and members of the NY Philharmonic.
He was a recipient of the AICF scholarships from 1986 until 2000. Mr. Katz graduated the Tel Aviv Conservatory and Thelma Yellin high school. He served in the IDF in the “outstanding musicians” program.