As cellist for 26 years of the Cleveland Quartet, Paul Katz has appeared worldwide in more than 2,500 concerts and made 70 recordings that earned many distinctions including the all-time best selling chamber music release of Japan, 11 Grammy nominations, and 2 Grammy Awards. Of special interest to cellists are his recordings of the Dohnanyi Cello Sonata for ProArte Records and the Cleveland Quartet’s recording on Sony Classical of the Schubert two-cello quintet with Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Katz and the CQ performed at the White House and on many television shows including “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Grammy Awards” (in 1973, the first classical musicians ever to appear,) and was seen in “In The Mainstream: The Cleveland Quartet,” a one hour documentary televised across the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Katz joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in 2001, where he teaches cello and directs NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training Program. He has mentored many of the fine young string quartets on the world’s stages today including the Ariel, Cavani, Harlem, Jupiter, Kuss, Lafayette, Parker, T’ang and Ying Quartets. His cello students, in addition to membership in many of the above quartets, have achieved international careers with solo CD’s on Decca, EMI, Channel Classics and Sony Classical.They have occupied positions in many of the world’s major orchestras including principal chairs of orchestras such as 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 recently launched cellobello.com, an online, international cello center for cellists of all ages and performance levels. Featuring video lessons in English with subtitles in Chinese, French, and Korean, CelloBello also has regular blogging by illustrious cellists and teachers, a Legacy area with memorable videos and articles on Katz’s own legendary teachers, Jobs and Competition postings, and weekly call-in video CelloChats on artistic and technical questions.