No Extra Notes

Jonathan Katz
June 27, 2011, 2:37 am
Filed under: Composers


Jonathan Howard Katz

Born: January 13, 1979

Current Location: Brooklyn, NY



Recently named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow for 2011, Jonathan Howard Katz enjoys a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, and pedagogue. Having begun to emerge as a composer of distinction at the international level while pursuing a terminal degree in piano performance, Dr. Katz will enter the Ph.D. program in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center in the fall, where he will study with Jason Eckardt.

Dr. Katz holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University. It was during his time in the Doctor of Music program at Northwestern that he began to compose seriously for the first time since his teenage years, and recognition came almost immediately. His short piano concerto Vocalise earned a place in the semifinals of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth International Competition of Belgium, and his song cycle Talking of Michelangelo won the $10,000 Robert Helps Prize in 2010. In 2011, he received a coveted Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, which will fully fund his composition study in New York.

As a scholar, Dr. Katz’s work with new piano music promises to be a major contribution to contemporary research. His doctoral dissertation, The Piano Repertoire Project: An Annotated Reference to Solo Piano Music by Composers Born since 1970, documents 314 works by 172 composers and sheds scholarly light on an important and rapidly evolving body of work.

Three Sketches and Talking of Michelangelo copyright 2010 and 2009 by Jonathan Howard Katz

Photo credit: USF Robert Helps Composition Competition and Festival, 2010, photo by Kyle Scharf

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