Katz received a B.M. degree from the University of Southern California, a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music; He has studied with Gregor Piatigorsky, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Leonard Rose, and Gabor Rejto.
Since 2001 Katz has taught at the New England Conservatory He previously was professor of cello and chamber music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Eastman School of Music. His recordings with the Cleveland Quartet, have received Grammy awards for Best Chamber Music Recording and also for Best Recorded Contemporary Composition in1996.
- Katherine Millet "Cellist Paul Katz Puts His Students on Equal Footing" Strings August/Sept, 2007 
- Harry Hurt, "A slow route to Being Maestro" New York Times Sept 5, 2008 
- Tim Janof, Internet Chamber Society interview
- Official web page at New England Conservatory
- Katherine Miller, "Paul Katz: Master Collaborator" Strings Magazine,Aug/Sept 2007 
- Greg Cahill "Cellist Paul Katz Heads to New England Conservatory: Joins Strings and Chamber Music faculties" Strings May–June 2001 
- University of Chicago New, Jan. 28, 2002
- Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Board and National Advisory Council 
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