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Viola Master Class with Shmuel Katz

The Viola Master Class with Shmuel Katz will take place from 3:00pm-4:00pm in von der Mehden Recital Hall.

 Shmuel Katz- Viola

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 serves as principal violist with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and previously with the Pennsylvania Ballet. He is the associate principal violist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and a member of the New York City Opera and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has been an associate musician at the Metropolitan opera touring with the company to Japan and performing regularly on both their radio and HD broadcasts

Mr. Katz has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He has toured with the orchestra in Europe, Asia and North America.

Mr. Katz is on the viola faculty at Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase

Shmuel is an active recording artist. He has recorded for EMI, Deutche Grammophon and Ondine labels with The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His studio work in New York includes albums of Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed as well as more than 20 movie soundtracks

Mr. Katz has been a member of the Katz- Shteinberg Duo since 1999 with pianist Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg and performed recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the National Library in Ottawa and the Jerusalem Music Centre amongst others. The duo’s debut CD privately released in 2006 received rave reviews in American Record Guide.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Katz has performed recently with the Concertante, Richardson and American Chamber Players, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and the Israeli Chamber Project. He has collaborate in chamber music performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, Michael Tree, Ralph Kirchbaum, Vadim Gluzman, Leif Ove Andsnes and Tabea Zimmerman


He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tree and Patinka Kopec. Before leaving for New York, he studied in Israel with Haim Taub, Ora Shiran and Yair Kless. He also performed in masterclasses given by Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein and Alexander Schneider.

Ryan Burns Wins The American Prize!

Congratulations to UConn alum Ryan Burns (DMA ’17), winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance – Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, 2017-2018. This prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America.

UConn Music Students Place as Eastern MTNA Competition Alternates

Congratulations to Priscilla Back for being named an alternate in the Eastern MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition! In the event that the winner is unable to compete at the national level, Priscilla will be asked to compete.

Congratulations to UConn’s Osiris Quartet and Noa Michaud for being named an alternate group in the Eastern MTNA Chamber Music Competition! In the event that the winning group is unable to compete in the national level, Osiris & Noa will be notified!


UConn Music Professor’s Ensemble Praised in The New York Times

Ensemble Origo, directed by UConn Music Department Head Eric Rice, was mentioned in an extensive New York Times article on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by music critic James Oestreich:
“Luther himself had a strong musical connection, and I determined to use the 2017 milestone to try to come to terms with this side of him through reading and listening. To prepare for my pilgrimage to Minnesota, I attended several Reformation concerts in New York. An especially fine one in September, by the Connecticut-based Ensemble Origo, offered a hypothetical reconstruction of Luther’s German Mass of about 1530, built on a ‘Missa de Beata Virgine’ by Josquin des Prez, one of his favorite composers.” 
A link to the full article is here: