Paul Katz is an American cellist, who was a member of the Cleveland Quartet from 1969 to 1995.[1][2] He and his wife, pianist Pei-Shan Lee, reside in Boston and teach at the New England Conservatory of Music.[3]


Katz received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California School of Music and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Gregor Piatigorsky, János Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Leonard Rose, and Gábor Rejtő.[4][5][6]


Since 2001 Katz has taught at the New England Conservatory[5][7] He had been professor of cello and chamber music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Eastman School of Music.[7] His recordings with the Cleveland Quartet, have received Grammy awards for Best Chamber Music Recording and also for Best Recorded Contemporary Composition in 1996.[2]

He has also played as soloist with many groups, including the Pacifica Quartet,[8] the Ariel Quartet, and the Jupiter Quartet.

He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.[9] Paul Katz is the founder of CelloBello - an online cello resource center.


Katz holds an Honorary D.M.A.[clarification needed] from Albright College. He received the Chevalier du Violoncelle from the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center of Indiana University in 2003.[10]


  1. ^ Katherine Millett "Cellist Paul Katz Puts His Students on Equal Footing" Strings August/Sept, 2007 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Harry Hurt, "A slow route to Being Maestro" New York Times Sept 5, 2008 [1]
  3. ^
  4. ^ Tim Janof, Internet Chamber Society interview
  5. ^ a b Official web page at New England Conservatory
  6. ^ "Paul Katz: Master Collaborator" Strings Magazine,Aug/Sept 2007 Archived 2013-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Greg Cahill "Cellist Paul Katz Heads to New England Conservatory: Joins Strings and Chamber Music faculties" Strings May–June 2001 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ University of Chicago New, Jan. 28, 2002
  9. ^ Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Board and National Advisory Council [2]
  10. ^ Strings Archived 2013-06-04 at the Wayback Machine

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