Violinist Samuel Katz has been praised by the New York Times for playing with "...lovely sound and lyricism”. Samuel has concertized extensively throughout Europe and U.S. He attended the Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship recipient, and performed for The International Holland Music Sessions. He was featured as a soloist with the New York Youth Symphony on their 50th anniversary concert in Carnegie Hall, collaborating with Cho-Liang Lin and Michelle Kim. Samuel made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 12 and has been featured on NPR radio, performing with Christopher O’Riley on From the Top. Samuel Katz served as concertmaster of the NYYS from 2009 to 2013. Samuel Katz holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and is currently enrolled in a Master of Music degree, studying with Daniel Phillips at The Juilliard School. He has also served as teaching assistant to Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music. His previous teachers have included Sally Thomas, Alexander Kerr, Joseph Silverstein, and Aaron Rosand.