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Paul Katz, Master Class & Tech Class

Paul Katz is known for his 26-year career as cellist of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Quartet; as a world-renown teacher of his instrument; for his featured role mentoring young cellists in the made for PBS film Talent Has Hunger; and as Founder and Artistic Director of CelloBello.org, the world’s leading online resource center for cellists.

In 1973 The Cleveland Quartet were the first classical artists ever to appear on the Grammy Awards Telecast. They performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter and were the subjects of a major documentary on the Arts and Entertainment Channel: In the Mainstream-The Cleveland Quartet. The CQ played over 2600 concerts in most of the great concert halls and music capitals of the world. Their 70 recordings for RCA Victor, Sony Classical and Telarc, received many distinctions including Best of the Year Awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review, 11 Grammy nominations and 2 Grammy Awards. Their recording of the Schubert “Trout” Quintet with pianist Alfred Brendel was the all-time best-selling chamber music recording of Japan. Of special interest to cellists are Katz’s recordings of the Dohnanyi Cello Sonata and the Cleveland Quartet’s Schubert Quintet for two cellos with Paul Katz and Yo-Yo Ma. As soloist Katz has played throughout North America, Europe and China.

Talent Has Hunger, a film centered on Paul Katz and his teaching and directed by Academy Award nominated Josh Aronson, debuted in 2016 in art cinemas across the U.S., Canada, Korea, China and Taiwan. It aired on more than 200 PBS television stations and was honored as one of the top ten DVD releases in September 2016. It is available on iTunes, Amazon and at Cellobello.org. 

Katz teaches at the New England Conservatory, where he is on the cello and chamber music faculties and mentors some of the world’s leading young string quartets as Director of the Professional String Quartet Training Program.

 In 2010, with the support of WGBH in Boston and NEC, he created CelloBello.org, serving all cellists and enthusiasts world-wide with the highest level of musical instruction, inspiration and interaction. Katz’s video lessons are in seven languages and interviews, blogs, live cello chats, streamed concerts and masterclasses are contributed by many of the world’s greatest artist/teachers.

A student of Gregor Piatigorsky, János Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gabor Rejto and Leonard Rose, he played in the historic 1962 Pablo Casals Master Class in Berkeley, California. A young participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in the sixties, he began returning periodically in the last 10 years. In addition to Marlboro, his present summers include long-term associations with the Ravinia Festival, Perlman Music Program, and the Bowdoin Festival.