Amir Katz (Israel)
Born in Israel in 1973, Amir Katz first began his piano studies at age 11. At the age of 15, he was already playing with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. After winning several national competitions and receiving a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Clairmont Award, Katz moved to Europe, supported by other fellowships, including a DAAD grant, to continue his studies with Sulamita Aronovsky, Elisso Wirssaladze, and Michael Schäfer. At the International Piano Academy on Lake Como, he studied with Leon Fleisher, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and Murray Perahia. In four international competitions Amir Katz won first prize: Maria Canals in Barcelona, Robert Casadesus in Cleveland, Viotti Valsesia in Italy, and the Schubert Competition in Dortmund.
He performs regularly in the most distinguished halls in Europe, Asia and North America, such as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Lincoln Center New York. He has also participated in important international music festivals. His concerts are regularly recorded for radio and television. Mr. Katz has played a number of times with the Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona, the Israel Camerata, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Symphony of Princeton, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Münchener Philharmoniker.
His performances include the complete Sonatas and Impromptus by Franz Schubert, the 48 “Songs Without Words” by Felix Mendelssohn as well as Frédéric Chopin’s 21 Nocturnes. Amir Katz has recorded various CDs for the Live Classics label, Oehms Classics and Sony Classical. His double CD of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words,” released by Live Classics, was chosen best CD of the last months by the classical music magazine Crescendo in its summer edition 2009. In 2012, he performed in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Munich as well as with the Vienna Musikverein, followed by a release of his recording of Chopin’s four Ballades and four Impromptus on the Oehms Classics label. Since 2013, Katz has been playing the entire cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas in seven recitals. This project will be followed by a complete recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.
Amir Katz collaborates regularly with tenor Pavol Breslik. This artistic collaboration has found its expression in highly acclaimed recitals in Munich, Vienna, Paris, and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, among other locations. In July 2014, Katz made his London debut at the Wigmore Hall, and was reinvited in 2015. In February 2016, his CD with Schubert’s 8 Impromptus was released on the Orfeo International Label. This CD was chosen as CD of the Week by the German radio station RBB Kulturradio. Further engagements are planned for the 2016/17 season, including concerts in Europe, Israel, and the USA, playing a Liszt cycle that includes the entire Etudes of Liszt for piano. In March 2017, Katz’s CD with Chopin’s 24 Études was released on the Orfeo International label.