“It was as much Martin Katz’s night as the soloist’s. He played with exceptional elegance, impressive in exuberant piano writing and equally so in more subdued but demanding accompaniments.”
“The most musically astute collaborator working today.”
“Martin Katz must surely be considered the dean of collaborative pianists, ” said the Los Angeles Times, and Musical America magazine created an award expressly for him: Accompanist of the Year. One of the world's busiest collaborators, he has been in constant demand by the world's most celebrated vocal soloists for four decades. He has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Jose Carreras, Cecilia Bartoli, Karita Mattila, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, David Daniels, and Sylvia McNair, just to name a few. Season after season, the world's musical capitals figure prominently in his schedule. Throughout his long career he has been fortunate to partner some of the world's most esteemed voices: Renata Tebaldi, Cesare Siepi, Katia Ricciarelli, Tatiana Troyanos, Victoria de los Angeles, Teresa Berganza, Nicolai Gedda, Regine Crespin, Grace Bumbry, Monserrat Caballe and many others have invited him to share the stage in recitals on five continents.
Mr. Katz is a native of Los Angeles, where he began piano studies at the age of five. He attended the University of Southern California as a scholarship student and studied the specialized field of accompanying with its pioneer teacher, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. While yet a student, he was given the unique opportunity of accompanying the master classes and lessons of such luminaries as Lotte Lehmann, Jascha Heifetz, Pierre Bernac, and Gregor Piatigorsky. Following his formal education, he held the position of pianist for the US Army Chorus in Washington, D.C. for three years, before moving to New York where his busy international career began in earnest in 1969.
In more recent years, invitations to conduct orchestral evenings have come with increasing frequency. Mr. Katz has partnered several of his soloists on the podium for orchestras of the B.B.C., Houston, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, New Haven and Miami. His editions of works by Handel and Rossini have been presented by the Metropolitan, Houston Grand Opera and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He has also been pleased to conduct several staged productions for the University of Michigan's Opera Theatre, the Music Academy of the West, and most recently, San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola program.
Finally, the professional profile of Martin Katz is completed with his commitment to teaching. Since 1984, Michigan has been his home, where he has been chair for the School of Music's program in collaborative piano, and play an active part in operatic productions. He has been a pivotal figure in the training of countless young artists, both singers and pianists, who are working all over the world. The University of Michigan has recognized this important work, making him the first Arthur Schnabel Professor of Music. In addition to his work at his home school, he is a regular guest teacher at Santa Fe Opera, Manhattan School of Music, the Merola program at San Francisco Opera, Chicago College of Performing Arts, and the New National Theatre of Tokyo.