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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
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.