Moran Katz, Clarinetist

Moran Katz, Clarinetist, Klezmer, New York, Juilliard

Clarinetist Moran Katz has toured extensively through the U.S., Europe and East Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Recent engagements included performances in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England, Israel, North Carolina, California, Washington D.C. and New York. This season she performs in California, Texas, Chicago, and collaborates with the Ariel, Contemporary and Benaim Quartets in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and at the Invalides in Paris.

Among other orchestras, she has been a featured soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble. She performed in the United Nations Hall in Geneva, Biskek Philharmonia Hall in Kyrgyzstan, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi, Hotel National des Invalides in Paris, Palais des Fetes in Strasburg, Dunkerque Theatre and in New York's Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater and Bargemusic.

Very active in the contemporary music scene, Ms. Katz was twice the soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, as part of the FOCUS! 2005 and 2006 Festivals. She often collaborates with the Jazz Ensemble of Pianist Uri Caine and with the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble "Continuum" and performs at the Lincoln Center Festival and at the MoMA Summergarden Series. She is also a founding member of "Clarinet Gang", a Jazz and Klezmer band, which frequently tours in Europe.

Ms. Katz is the winner of numerous prizes and awards, such as the 2006 Francois Schapira First Prize for Woodwinds at the prestigious Aviv Competitions, the 2004 Artists International's Young Artist Chamber Music Award (as a member of the "Nesher Trio"); First Prize at the 2004 Lions Clarinet Competition; Second Prizes in the Lions European Musical Prize 2004 for Clarinet in Rome; the 2003 Juilliard Nielsen Concerto Competition; the 2001 Brown-Roger-Ziegl Woodwind Competition in Jerusalem; and the 2002 "Thelma Yellin" prize for excellence in Music and Clarinet Performance. She is also the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grants with distinction since 1999.

Ms. Katz received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 as a student of Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School, New York, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. She is now continuing her studies at Juilliard as a Master's Candidate, while serving as a teacher assistant in the music theory department. As a 4-year fellow of the Gluck Communitry Service program, she has given over 40 outreach performances in New York City. She participates in festivals in Israel, Hungary, Belgium, California, Vermont and Florida and has recorded many times for radio and television. Among her previous teachers: Mr. Richard Lesser and Mrs. Eva Wasserman.