Performance Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 7:30 PM

The Song Continues: Martin Katz Master Class

Weill Recital Hall
The bond between singer and pianist is essential to a great vocal recital. As part of The Song Continues, young singers and pianists strengthen that musical connection when one of the respected authroities on collaborative piano, Martin Katz, brings them together in this public master class.


  • Emma McNairy Soprano
    Ashly Neumann, Soprano
    Sara Couden, Contralto
    Brennan Hall, Countertenor
    Brent Funderburk, Piano
    Mario Antonio Marra, Piano
    Marek Ruszczynski, Piano
    Nathan Salazar, Piano


  • DEBUSSY "Spleen" from Ariettes oubliées
  • MENDELSSOHN "Die Liebende schreibt," Op. 86, No. 3
  • DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
  • WOLF "Nachtzauber"
  • WAGNER "Der Engel" from Wesendonck Lieder
  • POULENC "Priez pour paix", Op. 21, No. 7
  • RACHMANINOFF "How Fair This Spot," Op. 21, No. 7
  • R. STRAUSS "Amor," Op. 68, No. 5

Martin Katz

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.
Program Notes
The Song Continues is supported, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund.
Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Recording of workshops and master classes is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.