Hailed by the press for his “bold, rich sound” (Strad Magazine) and “nuanced musicianship,” (The New York Times), Israeli cellist Michael Katz has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, Europe, Japan, and Israel. His musicianship has been recognized with many awards, among them all three prizes at the 2011 Aviv Competition, and first prizes at the Juilliard School’s 2010 Concerto Competition and the 2005 Turjeman Competition. As the cellist of the Lysander Piano Trio, Mr. Katz was a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and was awarded first prize in the 2011 Coleman competition and 2011 J.C. Arriaga competition. He has performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Anthony Marwood, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Frankl, David Finckel, Roger Tapping, Charles Neidich, and others. His festival appearances include performances at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Malaga Classica, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, and the Holland Music Sessions. Mr. Katz received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory his Master of Music from the Juilliard School. He recently completed a Doctor of Music at SUNY Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr. Deeply committed to educational outreach, Mr. Katz is currently a member of Ensemble ACJW.