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Speaker profile: Shelley Katz

Montreal-born pianist Shelley Katz studied at the Conservatoire de Musique and the Julliard School.

While based in New York, he performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist and was the pianist for the New York Contemporary Ensemble under Skrowaczewski.

Following his move to Europe, Shelley continued to give concerts, and to pursue his interest in conducting. He worked in several German opera houses, developing concert and recording relationships with many of the world's greatest singers including Nikolai Gedda, Dame Gwyneth Jones and Jochen Kowalski.

Shelley has performed in leading festivals and venues, including the Musikverein (Vienna) Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow) Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and the Wigmore Hall (London). His recordings include Bach's Goldberg Variations, Canadian piano music, Schumann's Dichterliebe with Jochen Kowalski, J. Jeffrie's Songs and Victorian songs with Jonathan Veira, Canadian songs with Diana Gilchrist and Stolz's Blumen Lieder with Dagmar Schellenberger.

Since 1993 Shelley has been based in England where in addition to his active performance career, he completed a Ph.D in Music Technology. Shelley is the holder of several granted patents in loudspeaker design and technology, and designed the highly-acclaimed Podium Sound loudspeakers, the only audiophile passive flat-panel loudspeakers in the world.

More recently, Shelley has been appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College - Cambridge, and, from July 1 2011, is the Director of the Symphonova Project; a project to design, develop and implement the world's first high-end digital symphony orchestra.

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