First Prize winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, Clarinetist Moran Katz also received the Audience Choice Prize as well as the Artistic Encouragement Prize voted on by the Houston Symphony musicians. In the year of 2009 alone, Ms. Katz won the First Prize at the Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany, the Second Prize at the Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet in China and the First Prize and Overall Prize at the Midland/Odessa "National Young Artist Competition" in Texas.

Ms. Katz performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic, SWR sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Collegium Musicum Basel, Houston Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Albany Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Ensemble ACJW, New Juilliard Ensemble, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble. Her performance credits include recitals for the Detroit Institute of Arts, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago; a NY debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Tuesday Matinee Recital Series and a Debut at the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. Chamber Music appearances at the United Nations Hall (Switzerland), France's "Les Musicales" Festival in Colmar, Les Invalides in Paris and Palais des Fetes in Strasburg, Marlboro Music Festival, Canandaigua's Lake Music Festival, Roaring Hooves Festival in Mongolia, the Two Days and Two Nights Festival in the Ukraine, Music in Drumcliffe (Ireland), Homburg Musiktage (Germany), New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MoMa, Miller Theater and Bargemusic, among others. She has collaborated with the Ariel, Carmel, Contemporary, Tesla, Aeolus, Dover, Benaim and Vogler String Quartets, as well as with artists such as Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, Sylvain Cambreling, Richard Goode, Vera Beths and Arnold Steinhardt.

Following an invitation of Maestro Daniel Barenboim, she joined his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on its concert in Doha, Qatar in 2010, and in the summer of 2013 she joined it once again for a twelve-concert-tour in Europe. As a SYLFF fellow (and recipient of a scholarship from the Tokyo Foundation) she performed and taught in the Tsunami-affected prefectures in Japan in the summer of 2012.

A clarinetist for the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble "Continuum", a member of the cutting edge group "The Decoda" (formerly known as "The DeClassified") and a co-founder of the innovative "SHUFFLE Concert", Ms. Katz recorded for Albany Records, Naxos, Tzadik and Innova labels and premiered music by Mario Davidovsky, Roberto Sierra, Huang Ruo, Avner Dorman, Richard Wilson, Virko Baley, Joseph Bardanashvili and Jonathan Keren.

Ms. Katz also received the Third Prize at the 2008 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Instrumental Competition; the 2006 Francois Schapira First Prize for Woodwinds at the prestigious Aviv Competitions (Israel); First Prize at the 2004 Lions Clarinet Competition (Israel) and Second Prize in the Lions European Musical Prize 2004 for Clarinet (Italy), among others. She was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grants with distinction in the years 1999-2008, as well as of the Ronen Foundation and a 2010 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.

Ms. Katz received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 2006 and 2008 and an Artist Diploma in 2010 as a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at The Juilliard School, New York, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship.

From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Katz was a member of Ensemble ACJW and a fellow of The Academy, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the NYC public schools.

©2013 Moran Katz.