An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, clarinetist Moran Katz is the 2013 first-prize winner of the Ima Hogg Competition. At home in traditional and contemporary repertoire, she regularly performs with the new music ensemble Continuum as well as the West Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. Katz is accompanied by pianist Amy Yang.
Alban Berg (1885–1935)
Four pieces, Op. 5
Clara Schumann (1819–1896)
Romances, Op. 22
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Sonata for clarinet and piano
Bruno Mantovani (b. 1974)
Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947)
Sonata for clarinet and piano
Recent first-prize winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, Clarinetist Moran Katz has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Zubin Mehta), the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg (Sylvain Cambreling), the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Albany Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic and Ensemble ACJW (David Robertson).
Her recent performance credits include the Les Musicales Chamber Music Festival in Colmar, France. Marlboro Music Festival, Roaring Hooves Festival in Mongolia, the Two Days and Two Nights Festival in the Ukraine, Lincoln Center, Miller Theater, and debut recitals at the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall and in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and MoMA. She has collaborated with the Ariel, Carmel, Contemporary, Tesla, Dover, Benaim and Vogler String Quartets.
Following the invitation of Maestro Daniel Barenboim, she joined the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on its concert in Doha, Qatar in 2010, and in 2012 she joined it once again for a twelve-concert-tour in Europe. As a SYLFF fellow (and recipient of a scholarship from the Tokyo Foundation) she performed and taught in Japan’s Tsunami-affected prefectures in the summer of 2012.
A clarinetist for the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum, member of the cutting edge group The Declassified and co-founder of the innovative Shuffle Concert, Katz has recorded for Albany Records, Naxos, Tzadik and Innova labels and premiered music by Mario Davidovsky, Roberto Sierra, Huang Ruo, Avner Dorman, Richard Wilson, Virko Baley, Joseph Bardanashvili and Jonathan Keren.
Katz received her bachelor and master of music degrees and an artist diploma as a student of Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. From 2010–2012, as a member of Ensemble ACJW and a fellow of The Academy, Katz performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall and brought classical music to students in NYC public schools.
Hailed by The New York Concert Review as "a magnificent artist and poet," pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned performer and collaborator. In the exciting 2012–2013 season, she played seventy concerts with highlights including performing a debut with the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra, a tour in Spain, two world premieres by Ezra Laderman and Caroline Shaw at Yale and Princeton Universities, and concerts across the U.S. in spaces such as Merkin Hall, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Kravis Center. Upcoming concert highlights include recitals at Weill Recital Hall, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, residencies at SUNY University, Washington and Lee University, and New Hampshire Music Festival, and debuts with the Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra and Mansfield Symphony. This summer, she will return to Music in May and Newburyport Festivals and at the Curtis Institute of Music, she will continue to serve as Program Director and faculty for the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest.
An experienced performer, Yang has concertized in many major halls in the United States and abroad in Turkey, Spain, Poland, and China. First prize winner of competitions including the International Corpus Christi Young Artists' Competition and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, she has soloed with the Houston Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Richardson Symphony, among others.
Yang has toured with Musicians from Ravinia and Curtis on Tour. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove Masterclasses, Verbier Academy, Music Academy of the West, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, and Olympic Music Festival. She is the founder of The Schumann Project, a special series of concerts to present Schumann’s major solo piano, chamber, and vocal works.
Yang is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, and Yale School of Music, where she received the parisot prize for an outstanding pianist as well as the alumni association prize. She is currently working as a chamber music coach within the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artists’ Initiative.