Noelle Elliott | January 24, 2017
Not one, not two, but three of the world’s most eminent collaborative pianists—Martin Katz, Roger Vignoles, and J.J. Penna—will be visiting the University of Notre Dame in Spring 2017 both to perform and teach public masterclasses for our students. To accompany the most accomplished singers and instrumentalists takes unique skill, distinct from solo piano artistry, and the three musicians who will be honoring us with their presence are world-famous for their mastery. Add to these visits the ongoing residencies of two great singers, the dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt and the baritone Nathan Gunn, and one realizes that these are halcyon times for music at Notre Dame.
The American pianist Martin Katz, called “the gold standard of accompanists” by The New York Times, has traveled five continents in a career spanning 45 years. He has accompanied such stellar singers as Cecilia Bartoli, Sylvia McNair, Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, Karita Mattila, and many others, and his opera editions have been performed at the Metropolitan and the Houston Grand Opera. He has been chair of the collaborative piano program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor for more than thirty years as the Earl V. Moore Collegiate Professor in Music. He will work with Notre Dame’s voice and piano students in a public masterclass on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art. The following evening, on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall, he will accompany faculty baritone Stephen Lancaster for an evening of songs by Gabriel Fauré, Robert Schumann, Tchaikovsky, George Butterworth, and George Gershwin.