A native of Israel, cellist Mickey Katz has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician and contemporary music specialist. He received the Presser Music Award in Boston, the Karl Zeise Prize from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Tanglewood, and won first prizes at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Rubin Academy Competition in Tel Aviv. He has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural foundation scholarships since 1988
Mr. Katz is a passionate performer of new music. He premiered and recorded Menachem Wiesenberg’s Cello Concerto with the Israel Defense Force Orchestra, and performed several American and Boston premieres of the music of Elliott Carter, working with the composer. He also worked with composers Gyorgy Kurtag, John Corigliano, Leon Kirchner and Augusta Read Thomas in performing their music. Following his success in performing new music as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was invited back to Tanglewood in the summer of 2002 as a member of the New Fromm Players, an alumni ensemble in residence, working on challenging new pieces, and collaborating with young composers.
An active chamber musician, Mickey has performed in many important venues, such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Italy, Salle Gaveau in Paris as well as all the major Halls of Israel. He collaborated in performances with distinguished players such as violinist Pinkhas Zukerman and violist Tabea Zimmermann.
His recitals at the Jerusalem Music Center were broadcast live in the Israeli Public Radio. He participated in many chamber music festivals, and this summer will be a participant at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont.
Mickey completed his mandatory military service in Israel as a part of the ‘Distinguished Musician Program’, playing in the Israel Defense Force String Quartet, a group which has performed throughout the country, both in classical concerts and in many outreach and educational concerts for soldiers and different audiences.
Mr. Katz recently graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he was a Piatigorsky scholarship student of Laurence Lesser. Past teachers include Paul Katz, Uzi Wiezel, Hillel Zori and Uri Vardi. He has played in masterclasses for Bernard Greenhouse, Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Timothy Eddy and Ralph Kirshbaum. His Chamber Music coaches included members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland and LaSalle Quartets.
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