Chopin on Orfeo

CHOPIN, F.: Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25 
Fryderyk Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op. 10; 12 Etudes, Op. 25
Amir Katz
Orfeo C922171A (May 12, 2017); Available on Amazon

Israeli pianist Amir Katz has been hailed by Pizzicato as “a pianist of intelligence and sensibility, and his set of Chopin Etudes is very personal, fresh and well sustained. It’s certainly a very honest interpretation, rewarding for anyone looking for new, yet acceptable ways for Chopin’s music.”

Amir Katz first began his piano studies with Hanna Shalgi at age eleven. At the age of fifteen, he was already playing with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. After winning several national competitions and receiving a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Clairmont Award, Katz moved to Europe, supported by other fellowships. At the International Piano Academy on Lake Como, he had lessons with Leon Fleisher, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and Murray Perahia. In four international competitions Amir Katz won first prize: Maria Canals in Barcelona, Robert Casadesus in Cleveland, Viotti Valsesia in Italy, and the Schubert Competition in Dortmund. Katz now receives concert invitations from orchestras and festivals around the world. He performs in the most distinguished halls in Europe, Asia and North America, such as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Lincoln Center New York.