Cellist Paul Katz to perform with the Euclid Quartet

Cellist Paul KatzCellist Paul Katz

In celebration of our 20th anniversary the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is presenting guest artists throughout the season. Guest cellist Paul Katz joins the Euclid Quartet for a performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall, IU South Bend. Paul Katz is an internationally renowned American cellist, best known for his membership in the Cleveland Quartet.

The program on Sunday, November 14 will include Debussy's String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10, Webern's Langsamer Satz and Schubert's Cello Quintet. Debussy composed String Quartet in G Minor in 1893; he intended to write a second quartet but never did. Langsamer Satz was written in 1905 in a late Romantic style, prior to Webern's atonal style that developed later in his career. The Cello Quintet was Schubert's last instrumental composition prior to his death, two months later. He bucked tradition by altering the standard string quintet instrumentation of 2 violins, 2 violas, and cello and gave the second cello a significant role in the piece.

In addition to the concert, the Euclid Quartet, featuring Jameson Cooper, violin; Jacob Murphy, violin; Luis Vargas, viola; and Si-Yan Darren Li, cello, will work with Mr. Katz over the course of the weekend. During his stay here, Mr. Katz will present a workshop for local student musicians at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13 in Northside's Recital Hall. This workshop is open to the public.

The Euclid Quartet is a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality and vibrant color. Originally from the U.S., Great Britain, Venezuela, and China, they have won many prizes at major competitions around the world, and hold the prestigious Quartet Residency at Indiana University South Bend. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review raved: "The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles ... [Their] emotional and timbral richness... brought to mind the old-world approach of the Guarneri Quartet... devoted, expert and exhilarating." Ara Guzelimian, Artistic Advisor of Carnegie Hall, praised their "wonderful intensity, insight, and communicative strength."

Tickets for the Euclid Quartet with Paul Katz, cello performance are available for $7-$12. Tickets are free of charge to students and children. For more information visit or call the Arts Box Office at 574.520.4203.

Euclid Quartet with Paul Katz, cello
4 pm Sunday, November 14
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1855 Northside Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46615
Tickets $7-$12 and free to students/children
Call 574.520.4203

Paul Katz

Paul Katz is known to concertgoers the world over as cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, which during an international career of 26 years, made more than 2,500 appearances on four continents. As a member of this celebrated ensemble from 1969 to 1995, Katz performed at the White House and on many television shows including "CBS Sunday Morning," NBC's "Today Show," "The Grammy Awards" (the first classical musicians to appear on that show), and in "In The Mainstream The Cleveland Quartet," a one-hour documentary televised across the U.S. and Canada.

Katz has received many honors, the most recent including the "Chevalier du Violoncelle," awarded by the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana University for distinguished achievements and contributions to the world of cello playing and teaching; The Richard M. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America's highest honor, awarded for a lifetime of distinguished service in the field of chamber music; an Honorary Doctorate of Musical Arts from Albright College; and the American String Teacher's Association "Artist-Teacher of the Year 2003." Katz is a passionate spokesperson for chamber music the world over, and served for six years as president of Chamber Music America. As an author, he has appeared in numerous publications and wrote the liner notes for the Cleveland Quartet's three-volume set of the complete Beethoven Quartets on RCA Red Seal.

Katz has appeared as soloist throughout North America. He was a student of Gregor Piatigorsky, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gabor Rejto and Leonard Rose. In 1962, he was selected nationally to play in the historic Pablo Casals masterclass in Berkeley, Calif. He was a prizewinner in the Munich and Geneva Competitions and for three summers, he was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival. His recordings include Dohnanyi's Cello Sonata for ProArte Records, and the Cleveland Quartet's recording on Sony Classical of the Schubert two-cello quintet with Yo-Yo Ma. The Cleveland Quartet has nearly 70 recordings to its credit on RCA Victor, Telarc International, Sony, Philips and ProArte. These recording have earned many distinctions including the all-time best selling chamber music release of Japan, 11 Grammy nominations, Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Recording and Best Recorded Contemporary Composition in 1996, and "Best of the Year" awards from Time magazine and Stereo Review.

In September of 2001, Paul Katz joined the New England Conservatory faculty, following five years at Rice University in Houston, and 20 years of teaching at the Eastman School of Music. At NEC, in addition to his studio and seminar teaching and other chamber music coaching, he founded the Professional String Quartet Training Program.

During spring 2009, Katz coached the NEC Chamber Orchestra. Katz has mentored many of the fine young string quartets on the world's stages today including the Biava, Cavani, Chester, Jupiter, Kuss, Lafayette, Maia, Meliora, T'ang, Ariel, Parker, and Ying Quartets. One of America's most sought after cello teachers, his cello students, in addition to membership in many of the above quartets, have achieved international careers with solo CDs, have occupied positions in many of the world's major orchestras, and are members of many American symphony orchestras.

Katz has taught at many of the major summer music programs including 20 years at the Aspen Festival, the Yale Summer School of Chamber Music, the Perlman Music Program, as well as festivals in Germany, France, Orford, and Canada, the Steans Institute of The Ravinia Festival, and is a director of the Shouse Artist Institute of the Great Lakes Chamber Festival. His hundreds of masterclasses worldwide include many of the major music schools of North and South America, Europe, Israel, Japan and China. Katz frequently sits on the juries of international cello and chamber music competitions, most recently the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, and the international string quartet competitions of Banff, London, Munich, Graz and Geneva.

Paul Katz plays an Andrea Guarneri cello dated 1669.