Songs and Stories

In Conversation: Andrea Katz

How does it feel to be part of a vocal quartet?

It's wonderful. In fact, it feels like playing with a string quartet with subtitles!

What do you like about working with Songmakers Australia?

Songmakers Australia has been a dream of mine for the last 20 years. Putting together the group was a great achievement for me, and even more so to reach 5 years of undisputed great music making.

What does the Art Song genre mean to you?

Oh, so many wonderful things! Matching your sound with the voices, shaping the phrases and words together. Just talking about the poetry is a joy, with so many beautiful words to paint.

The first program in 2016 includes works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann. What is your favourite piece in the program?

It is very difficult to choose, but I do have a special affinity with Schumann…

What is coming up next on your schedule?

In May I’ll be the adjudicator of the Piano and Classical Voice sections at the City of Hobart Eisteddfod. There's also a few more masterclasses to give in both Canberra and Hobart, and then more concerts with Songmakers Australia (of course!).

Andrea Katz is the pianist and artistic director of Songmakers Australia and will next appear in "Songs to a Distant Beloved" on April 13 at Melbourne Recital Centre. Further recital dates and education projects are outlined

Tickets available via the Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office. More about Andrea at