Praised as a “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 violist with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and American Ballet Theatre Orchestra; he was previously principal violist with the Pennsylvania Ballet. A member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York City Opera, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, he has also been an associate musician at the Metropolitan Opera, touring with the company to Japan and performing regularly on both their radio and HD broadcasts.
Mr. Katz has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and toured with the orchestra in Europe, Asia, and North America.
An active recording artist, he has recorded for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, and Ondine with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His studio work in New York includes having performed on albums of Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Lou Reed, as well as nearly twenty movie soundtracks.
Mr. Katz has been a member of the Katz–Shteinberg Duo since 1999 with pianist Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg, performing recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the National Library in Ottawa, and the Jerusalem Music Centre among others. The duo’s debut CD, privately released in 2006, received rave reviews in American Record Guide.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Katz has performed recently with the Concertante, Richardson and American Chamber Players, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Israeli Chamber Project.
Since 2010 Mr. Katz has been a member of the faculty of New York University Steinhardt School, where he teaches viola, violin, and chamber music and serves on the faculty of NYU’s SummerStrings seminar.
Shmuel Katz received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tree, and Patinka Kopec. 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 Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein, and Alexander Schneider.