2014 Spring Master Class - Songs of Richard Strauss

Chicago, IL

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This event is made possible through a generous grant from the Pauls Foundation

Martin Katz, piano

Join CAIC for our 2014 Spring Master Class exploring the songs of Richard Strauss, led by pianist Martin Katz and featuring performances from singers and pianists from the Chicago area.

One of the world's busiest collaborators, pianist Martin Katz has been in constant demand by the world's most celebrated vocal soloists for four decades. Hailed by the New York Times as "The gold standard of accompanying," he has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Karita Mattila, Samuel Ramey, David Daniels, Jose Carreras, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, and Sylvia McNair, just to name a few. Season after season, the world's musical capitals figure prominently in his schedule.

Since 1984, Michigan has been his home, where he has been chair for the School of Music's program in collaborative piano, and has played an active part in operatic productions.  He has been a pivotal figure in the training of countless young artists, both singers and pianists, who are working all over the world.  The University has recognized this work, making him the first Arthur Schnabel Professor of Music.  In addition to his work here, he is a regular guest at Santa Fe Opera, Songfest, San Francisco Opera, Chicago College of Performing Arts, and the New National Theatre of Tokyo.  Mr. Katz is the author of a comprehensive guide to accompanying, "The Complete Collaborator", published by Oxford University Press.