Cellist, founder of the Cleveland Quartet

Paul Katz studied cello with Gregor Piatigorsky, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gabor Rejto and Leonard Rose, and chamber music with members of the Beaux Art Trio, Budapest and Juilliard Quartets. In 1962 he was selected nationally to play in the historic Pablo Casals Master Class in Berkeley, California. He was a prizewinner in the Munich and Geneva Competitions, and beginning in 1968, has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, returning numerous times including the past two summers of 2013 and 2014.

From 1969-1995 Paul Katz performed 2600 concerts world-wide with the Cleveland Quartet, played at the White House, had 11 Grammy nominations and 2 Grammy Awards,  and served for six years as President of Chamber Music America.

Since 2001, Paul Katz has been Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Boston's famed New England Conservatory. Over his long career he has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Eastman School of Music and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.. At NEC, in addition to his studio and seminar teaching, he founded and is Director of the Professional String Quartet Training Program. Paul Katz has mentored many of the fine young string quartets on the world's stages today including the Ariel, Cavani, Harlem, Jupiter, Kuss, Lafayette, Maia, Parker, and Ying Quartets.

He is Director of the Shouse Artist Institute of the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, and teaches summers at Ravinia’s Steans Artist Institute and the Perlman Music Program.

Paul Katz has been teaching in ProQuartet-CEMC since 1994.