democratising high-quality music

February 16, 2012

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, to pursue his interest in conducting, and develop concert and recording relationships with many of the world’s greatest singers including Nikolai Gedda, Dame Gwyneth Jones and Jochen Kowalski.

Shelley Katz - Pianist, Music technologist

Since 1993, Shelley has been based in England where (in addition to his active performance career) he completed a Ph.D in Music technology. He 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.

Shelley will be introducing us to the concept of Layered Sound, and the new method I discovered for designing a completely new kind of loudspeaker.But the Layered Sound technology is actually a few years old, so Shelley will be going for broke, and introducing us to his digital Symphony orchestra: the Symphonova itself.

We’re confident that you’ll have never seen quite so many loudspeakers on one stage as during Shelley’s presentation, nor as fascinating a discussion on the technology and theory behind music and sound.

Listen to music as you’ve never heard it before, and discover what’s on the horizon for digital musicians.

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andrew bairstow April 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I have had the second generation of podiums.5 now for several years ,they never cease to amaze and are the most unlike of loudspeakers , in particular they are very responsive to sound resonators within the room, taking them to other levels .

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