Vladimir Katz was born in Moscow. He currently resides in New York City. An avid student of Jazz, his formal training, including early instructions in Israel, began at age 5. By age 12 Vladimir had completed his first composition for piano, “Etude in D Minor.” His passion for Jazz brought him to New York in 2001, where he studied with legendary Jazz pianist Kenny Barron at the Manhattan School of Music. After his graduation from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Vladimir continued to study piano privately with Fred Hersch, an outstanding and inspiring pianist.

Vladimir has performed with virtuosic artists such as Arnie Lawrence, Reggie Workman, Mark Whitfield, Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Dennis Irwin, Victor Lewis, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Charles Tolliver, and Solomon Dorsey. He continues to be active on the New York Jazz scene, performing in venues such as “Smalls”, “55 Bar”, “Fat Cat”, and concert halls including Steinway Hall, Borden Auditorium of the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University.

In March 2014, Vladimir presented his debut album, “Vladimir Katz Trio — Not For Sale”, as a leader at the prestigious “Smalls” Jazz club in New York City. The album was recorded in October 2013, and features Rick Rosato on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums, both young and dynamic members of the international Jazz scene today.


P E R F O R M A N C E S   ( S E L E C T I O N )

conversationSwing 46 — Big Bang Big Band, New York (2010 – present)
Shablul Jazz Club, Tel Aviv / Israel (2011)
Thana Alexa Quintet — Croatian Tour, Croatia (2009)
Princeton University, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton (2009)
Arnold Hall — Alumni Art Blakey Tribute Concert (featuring Reggie Workman), New York (2008)
Steinway Hall — Solo performance, New York (2007)
Smalls Jazz Club — Vladimir Katz Trio, New York (2007)


T E A C H I N G   /   W O R K

Private instructor — piano and music theory, New York (2002 – present)
Organist & Choir Director, Beulah Wesleyan Methodist Church, New York (2010 – 2013)
Accompanist for the Cantor, The Village Temple, New York (2006 – 2010)
Language instructor — Hebrew, The Village Temple, New York (2004 – 2006)


S C H O L A R S H I P S   /   A W A R D S

Bösendorfer Competition, Montreux Jazz Festival (Semifinalist), Montreux / Switzerland (2007)
New School Academic Scholarship (2004 – 2006)
Sally Berg Foundation Scholarship (2002)
Israel Young Artists’ Scholarship (1999)



New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New York — BFA, Music Performance (2006)
Manhattan School of Music, New York — Piano (2001 – 2003)
Israel Arts and Sciences Academy, Jerusalem / Israel (1997 – 2000)