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 Katz has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since December 2012. He serves as principal violist with the Mostly Mozart festival orchestra and with the Pennsylvania Ballet. He is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and plays regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Katz is on faculty at New York University Steinhardt School where he teaches viola, violin and chamber music.
Mr. Katz has appeared as concertmaster with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He recorded with them for EMI label and has toured with the orchestra in Europe, Asia and North America.
As a member of The Katz-Shteinberg Duo, Mr. Katz has performed recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the National Library in Ottawa and the Jerusalem Music Centre among others. The duo’s debut CD privately released in 2006 received rave reviews in American Record Guide.
Shmuel received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman and Michael Tree. Before leaving for New York, he studied in Israel with Haim Taub, Ora Shiran and Yair Kless. He also performed in masterclasses given by Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein and Alexander Schneider.