George Katz Piano

George Katz - Developing Artisty at the Piano

George Katz
Katz Music
San Diego, CA


Always dedicated to nurturing the artistic growth of his students, George Katz has seen many of them excel in international, national and local competitions. These have resulted in performances with such ensembles as the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony and the Belgian National Orchestra. In addition, he has taught national MTNA finalists on both the high school and collegiate level, Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego scholarship winners and in 1984 became the first to receive the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate in its West-Central Division. In recent years San Diego students of George Katz have distinguished themselves as prize winners in competitions in Italy and Hong Kong as well as the San Diego MTAC  Concerto auditions, the Carnegie Hall American Protégé Awards and the Grossmont and Musical Merit Foundation Scholarship Awards.

George Katz holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School, which awarded him the Wedge and Loeb Prizes for outstanding accomplishment. He performed with the Juilliard Orchestra and during his final year of graduate study, won the Walter Naumburg Award which provided for a debut recital at Town Hall, New York and also was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study in Paris. There, he worked with legendary French pianists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long. He became the first American prizewinner at the international Concours Marguerite Long in Paris and won the top prize at the Viotti Competition in Italy.

Upon returning to the United States, George Katz began a career as a university professor of piano, serving at Ohio University and Drake University, at which latter institution he was both professor and chairman of the piano faculty. He performed widely during much of this time, presenting two recitals at Carnegie Hall and touring in Japan, Europe and Latin America as well as in the US. Upon moving to San Diego he taught at San Diego State University and continues to welcome gifted students at his San Diego studio.