Rice Professor Wins Grammys Finally with Cleveland Quartet

first_imgAddThis Share Media Advisory CONTACT: David Kaplan E-MAIL: [email protected] PHONE: (713) 831-4791 RICE PROFESSOR WINS GRAMMYS (FINALLY) WITHQUARTETBack in ’73, Paul Katz, as a member of the Cleveland Quartet, performed liveat the Grammy Awards ceremonies, sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, ArethaFranklin and Little Richard. Not only were they the first classical musiciansever to appear on that show, but they had been nominated for an award.“It was very exciting, but we lost,” Katz recalls.This year, Katz and the group won-twice, in fact.Katz, professor of cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, alongwith the other members of the group, won Grammys for “Best Chamber MusicRecording” and for “Best Recorded Contemporary Composition.” Both awards werefor selections on the group’s newest and last CD, “Cleveland Quartet: TheFarewell Recording.”Katz is a founding member of the recently disbanded quartet which was formedin 1969. His wife Martha Katz is also a founding member. She left the group 17years ago, and is currently a professor of viola at Rice’s Shepherd School ofMusic.The world-renowned Cleveland Quartet has, over the years, been nominated fornumerous Grammys but, until Wednesday, had never taken home the big prize.Besides being a premier cello player, Paul Katz is also one of America’s mostsought after cello teachers.For an interview with Paul Katz or for more information, call David Kaplan at(713) 831-4791.### last_img read more