Katz, Martin, American pianist and teacher; b. Los Angeles, Nov. 27, 1945. He began piano lessons at age 5, and later was a scholarship student at the Univ. of Southern Calif, in Los Angeles, where he received instruction in the art of accompaniment from Gwendolyn Koldofsky. While still a student there, he served as an accompanist in the master classes of Lehmann, Heifetz, Piatigorsky, and Bernac. After completing his education, Katz pursued a distinguished career as an accompanist, making tours throughout the world with many celebrated artists. He also taught at Westminster Choir Coll. in Princeton, N.J. (from 1976) and at the Univ. of Mich, in Ann Arbor (from 1983).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire