Violist Martha Strongin Katz was a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Quartet, playing in it from its inception in 1969 until 1980. During those years she performed over 1,000 concerts, including appearances at the White House, the Grammy Awards, on NBC’s “Today” show, and in the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Israel, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Strongin Katz’s solo appearances include a Carnegie Hall performance of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the Bartók Concerto with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, recital and concerto performances at the 1989 International Viola Congress, and countless recital and concerto appearances in cities such as Boston, Buffalo, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Rochester, San Francisco, and St. Louis.

She has served on numerous international juries, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumberg Viola Competition.

Strongin Katz plays a viola made by Lorenzo Storioni of Cremona in 1800.

Studies at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Southern California. Recordings on RCA Red Seal, Philips. Viola with Lillian Fuchs, William Primrose. Violin with Raphael Bronstein, Ivan Galamian. Winner of the 1969 Geneva International Viola Competition and the Max Reger Award. Former faculty of Rice University, Eastman School of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy.

Photo by Andrew Hurlbut

2009-07-29

Recognition

  • Winner, Geneva International Viola Competition, Max Reger Award, 1969
  • Founding violist Cleveland Quartet
  • Solo appearances with major orchestras
  • Grammy Nomination, first appearance of classical group on Grammy Award Show 1973
  • Performance at the White House

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