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Cellists Paul Katz, Paul Watkins Honored




New England Conservatory cello faculty Paul Katz was the recipient of the Chevalier du Violoncelle from the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center of Indiana University at an October 20 awards dinner. Katz was honored as an outstanding member of the cello community for contributions to the world of cello playing and teaching. Previous recipients include Katz's teachers Bernard Greenhouse, Gabor Rejto, and Janos Starker. . . . Two Buffalo-area musicians are recipients of the 2002–2003 Henrietta and Albert J. Ziegle, Jr. Scholarships to The Juilliard School of Music. Both born in Buffalo, they are violinist Amy Schroeder, 17, a graduate of Amherst High School, and violist Sarah Lane, 21, a graduate of Williamsville High School East. Lane is a student of Toby Appel. Money bequeathed in 1970 to Juilliard by the late Norma Krull (heir to Albert J. Ziegle, founder of Ziegle Brewery) established the Ziegle Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are awarded to qualified Buffalo-area musicians. . . . Cellist Paul Watkins, 32, won the Leeds Conductors Competition on September 21, leading the Orchestra of Opera North in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 at Leeds Town Hall. The event is the longest-running conducting competition in Britain.

*This article appeared in Strings January 2003
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