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Name: Johan Michael Katz
Skills: Conductor (Music Director and Conductor of The Barn Sinfonietta of Oxted)
Phone: +44 (0)1883 712264
Fax: +44 (0)1883 712264
Address: Rookwood, Quarry Rd., Oxted, Surrey RH8 9HE, United Kingdom
Links: E-mail
Johan Michael Katz, founder, music director and conductor of the Barn Sinfonietta of Oxted, was born in the Netherlands and educated in the USA. He won five consecutive scholarships to attend The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees. His teachers included Walter Susskind, Urs Schneider, Noam Sheriff and Frederick Prausnitz for conducting; Alfred Zighera and Zara Nelsova for Cello and Ross Lee Finney for composition. While in Boston he often worked with Ruben Gregorian and Berj Zamkochian. Leon Gregorian was his inductor into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

As Associate Conductor of The New England Conservatory Orchestra it was Johan's great good fortune to make personal contact with many significant contemporary composers and musicians including Aaron Copland, Luigi Dallapiccola, Darius Milhaud, Luigi Nono, Gunther Schuller, Alexander Tcherepnin and Michael Tippett as well as more recently Einojuhani Rautavaara. Over the years it has been fantastic experience to be able to work with many fine performers as well including Szymon Goldberg, Leonard Slatkin, Erich Leinsdorf and Danial Pinkham who were at NEC and Aspen Music school during his years of attendance. Alan Hovhaness was also an alumnus of The New England Conservatory.

Johan has conducted orchestras in the US, Switzerland and the UK. He was actively involved with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra in London, founded the Ann Arbor Chamber Symphony in Michigan and The ISA Brass in Boston. In addition to the standard repertoire, Johan is dedicated to the performance of neglected masterpieces with audience appeal. These would certainly include the significant works of Armenian composers featured on tonight's program. The Barn Sinfonietta is the outgrowth of these ideas on a professional level.



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