David Katz is an active performer and teacher of violin and viola in the Chicagoland area.  He currently performs as assistant concertmaster with the Lake Forest Symphony and the Chicago Opera Company.  He also performs regularly with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, ARS Viva! and Fulcrum Point. Recent highlights include performance in a chamber recital with Yo-Yo Ma and Anthony McGill.


        David has a long-line of performances with various ensembles.  He has been a substitute for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lyric Opera and Grant Park Music Festival.  He has performed with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Opera Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company as well as the San Francisco Ballet in Chicago.  For many of these orchestras he has stepped in as concertmaster.

        In addition to  playing for many touring Broadway shows as well as for visiting performers here in Chicago and in Atlantic City, NJ, David has also been all over the globe performing and touring with orchestras such as Orchestra Sinfonica de Galicia (La Coruna, Spain) Caracas (Venezuela) Philharmonic [principal 2nd violin], the Princeton (N.J.) Chamber Orchestra (in Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan) and many years with the Spoleto (Italy) Music Festival.  He toured East Germany just before the “Wall” came down (1988) with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and has toured may times with the Chicago Sinfonietta in Germany, Switzerland, and the Canary Islands and Southern California.

        David studied with Jascha Brodsky (1st violinist with the Curtis String Quartet for over 50 years) at the New School of Music in Philadelphia.  David has taught violin and viola for over 30 years and is certified in the Suzuki method.  He currently teaches for Suzuki Music School of Barrington and out of his home in West Rogers Park.

    David Katz has two adult children (who also play violin) and a wife (Lotus) who enjoys listening to the trio.   

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