One of the world's busiest collaborators, Martin Katz has been in constant demand by the world's most celebrated vocal soloists for more than three decades. He has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Karita Mattila, David Daniels, José Carreras, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Kathleen Battle.
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 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 classes and lessons of such luminaries as Lotte Lehmann, Jascha Heifetz, Pierre Bernac, and Gregor Piatigorsky.
The professional profile of Martin Katz is completed with his commitment to teaching. For almost three decades, Michigan has been his home, where he has been happy to chair the University of Michigan 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 around the world.
The university has recognized his work, naming him the first Artur Schnabel Professor of Music. In addition, he is a regular guest at Santa Fe Opera, Songfest, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and the New National Theatre of Tokyo. Mr. Katz's comprehensive guide The Complete Collaborator is widely seen as the standard for textbooks on this subject.