Multifaceted musician Shelley Katz was born in Montreal and won his first national competition at the age of six, beginning his professional career with appearances at Expo ’67 and for CBC. After studying at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal, he completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a scholarship student at the Julliard School in New York.
Concerts across North America including appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall followed his graduation. Katz then moved to Europe where he continued to perform as a soloist, conducted in opera houses, and developed concert and recording relationships with some of the world’s leading singers, including Nicolai Gedda, Dame Gwyneth Jones, and Katia Ricciarelli. From a position as Assistant Music director in Mainz, Germany, Katz moved to England where he completed a multi-disciplinary PhD. His performance career has taken him throughout the world, from the Santury Hall in Tokyo to the Musikverein in Vienna, from the San Giorgio festival in Venice to the Wigmore Hall in London.
Recent recordings include his acclaimed rendition of the Goldberg Variations , and a recording of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Jochen Kowalski. Currently, together with the outstanding Canadian Lyric-Coloratura Diana Gilchrist, Katz is one of the ‘Musicians in Residence’ at the English campus of Queen’s University in Herstmonceux.He is currently Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, and director of the Symphonova Project.
Shelley is also the developer of radical new panel loudspeakers under the trading name of Podium Sound.