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Moran Katz
Hometown: New York, NY
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Recent First Prize winner of the 2009 Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany, clarinetist Moran Katz performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble. Her performance credits include the United Nations Hall (Switzerland), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), France's Les Invalides in Paris and Palais des Fetes in Strasburg, Roaring Hooves Festival in Mongolia, the Two Days and Two Nights Festival in the Ukraine, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Miller Theater and Bargemusic, among others. She has collaborated with the Ariel, Carmel, Contemporary, Tesla and Benaim String Quartets, as well as with artists such as Mitsuko Uchida and Arnold Steinhardt.

Following summer performances in Tokyo, Japan (four concert tour) with the New Juilliard Ensemble, and at the Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont), Ms. Katz's 2009-2010 season included performances in the United States, France, Germany and Israel. She appeared as soloist with the Albany Symphony (New York), with Texas' Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg. She was also invited by Maestro Barenboim to join his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on a concert in Doha, Qatar.

Chamber music concerts include collaborations with musicians from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Ms. Katz has also appeared in recital on New York City's Salon De Virtuosi series, following which she was named a winner of a 2010 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.

Active in the contemporary music scene, Ms. Katz has soloed with the New Juilliard Ensemble, as part of the FOCUS! 2005 and 2006 Festivals. In summer 2007, she appeared on the MoMA Summergarden Series in solo recital. She often collaborates with the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble "Continuum" and with the jazz ensemble of pianist Uri Caine. She is also a founding member of "Shuffle Concert", a newly formed audience-interactive ensemble.

In the recording arena, Ms. Katz can be heard on tracks of two CDs: she performs Richard Wilson's Timeshare with cellist Sophie Shao for Albany Records' "Brash Attacks" (all Richard Wilson CD) and this summer, she records Roberto Sierra's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and music by Ursula Mamlok for the Naxos label.

In addition to First Prize in the 2009 Freiburg International Clarinet Competition, Ms. Katz is the winner of numerous prizes and awards, including: Second Prize at the 2009 Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet; First Prize and Overall Prize at the 2009 Midland/Odessa National Young Artist Competition (Texas); Third Prize at the 2008 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Instrumental Competition; 2006 Francois Schapira Prize for Woodwinds at the prestigious Aviv Competitions (Israel); First Prize at the 2004 Lions Clarinet Competition (Israel) and Second Prize in the Lions European Musical Prize 2004 for Clarinet (Italy), among others. She was also the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grants with distinction in the years 1999-2008.

Ms. Katz received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 2006 and 2008 and an Artist Diploma in 2010 as a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at The Juilliard School, New York, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship.

Starting in the fall of 2010, Ms. Katz is a member of Ensemble ACJW and a fellow of The Academy, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the NYC public schools.

Moran Katz
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