Susan Graham & Martin Katz Master Classes
The LSU School of Music is pleased to announce that, prior to their February 1, 2020 recital performance alongside Paul Groves, GRAMMY-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and legendary collaborative pianist Martin Katz will each present a master class session to students of the LSU School of Music. All master classes will be in the School of Music Recital Hall and open to public viewing.
Martin Katz Master Class: January 28, 2020, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Susan Graham Master Class: January 30, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
About The Artists:
Susan Graham – hailed as “an artist to treasure” by the New York Times – rose to the highest echelon of international performers within just a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire and genres along the way. Her operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. She won a Grammy Award for her collection of Ives songs, and has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music. Although a native of Texas, she was awarded the French government’s prestigious “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur,” both for her popularity as a performer in France and in honor of her commitment to French music.
“Martin Katz must surely be considered the dean of collaborative pianists,” said the Los Angeles Times. As one of the world’s busiest collaborators, he has been in constant demand by the world’s most celebrated vocal soloists for four decades. Season after season, the world’s musical capitals figure prominently in his schedule. Mr. Katz is a native of Los Angeles, where he began piano studies at the age of five. He attended the University of Southern California and studied the field of accompanying with its pioneer teacher, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. While yet a student, he was given the unique opportunity of accompanying the master classes and lessons of such luminaries as Lotte Lehmann, Jascha Heifetz, Pierre Bernac, and Gregor Piatigorsky.