Shmuel Katz    Violist & Violinist     Biography


Praised as “World-class musician” by the leading German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, and heralded by the Ottawa Citizen for his “Uncommonly rich and introspective” playing.

Shmuel serves as principal violist with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He is a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and an associate musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. 

 Mr. Katz has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He has toured with the orchestra in Europe, Asia and North America.

Shmuel is an active recording artist. He has recorded for EMI, Deutche Grammophon and Ondine labels with The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His studio work in New York includes albums of Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed as well as nearly 20 movie soundtracks

Mr. Katz has been a member of the Katz- Shteinberg Duo since 1999 with pianist Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg and performed recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the National Library in Ottawa and the Jerusalem Music Centre amongst 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

Mr. Katz is on faculty at New York University Steinhardt School where he teaches viola, violin and chamber music and is on faculty of NYU’s SummerStrings seminar.

Shmuel received his bachelors and masters degrees from the 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 masterclasses given by Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein and Alexander Schneider.