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Biography
As cellist from 1969-1995 of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Quartet, Paul Katz played 2600 concerts in most of the great concert halls and music capitals of the world. The CQ were the first classical artists to appear on the Grammy Awards Telecast, performed at the White House, and were subjects of a major documentary on Arts and Entertainment, “In the Mainstream-The Cleveland Quartet.” Katz was The American String Teacher’s “Artist Teacher of the Year” for 2003, has received numerous awards from leading American cultural institutions, including Indiana University’s “Chevalier du Violoncelle,” an Honorary Doctorate, and Chamber Music America’s Bogomolny National Service Award, the highest honor given for a lifetime of distinguished service in the field of chamber music. The Cleveland Quartet made 70 recordings on RCA, Telarc International, Sony, Philips and ProArte. These recording have earned many distinctions including the all-time best selling chamber music release of Japan, 11 Grammy nominations, 2 Grammy Awards, and “Best of the Year” awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review. Of special interest to cellists are his recordings of the Dohnanyi Cello Sonata and the Cleveland Quartet’s recording of the Schubert two-cello quintet with Yo-Yo Ma. One of the world’s most prominent cello teachers and mentor of many of the world’s leading young string quartets, he teaches at The New England Conservatory of Music.
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