Mr. William Catanzaro is an eclectic composer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. His style is an amalgam of sources where classic meets contemporary, jazz and world music.
Born in Buenos Aires Mr Catanzaro arrived to NY in 1989 establishing himself as a world class pianist and percussionist. His expertise as a performer and composer led him to write scores for many renowned choreographers such as Anna Sokolow, Steve Paxton, Viola Farber, Motoko Hirayama, Sara Rudner and Milton Myers. His work has been presented nationally and internationally with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New Danish Dance Theater Denmark, TanzFabrik Berlin, Amsterdam Theatreschool, Cyprus Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theater, Architanz Tokyo, Kyoto Arts Center, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, Philadanco, Player’s Project, Dallas Black Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and more. He has received recognition and funding from the NEA, The Samuel S. Feld Fund, New York State Council on The Arts, Harkness Foundation, NYU Humanities Council, NYU Service/ Learning Fund.
Mr Catanzaro has composed scores for many off-broadway theater productions. He is the Composer and Conductor of MinM Musicians in Masques and the Music Director for the Young Dancemakers Company.
He has worked at The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Merce Cunningham Studio, Limon School, Martha Graham School, New York University and Skidmore College. He is currently on faculty at The Alvin Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College and Steps on Broadway.
He has developed the music score for Dario Vaccaro and Lois Greenfield’s work titled “Projected”.
He is the Composer for Kitty Lunn’s Infinity Dance Theater.
He has two recordings as band leader on major labels and several independent editions of his theater and dance works. His most recent CDs “Percussion Works, compositions for the choreography of Milton Myers”, “Evolution Suites” and “Percussion for the Technique of Lester Horton Vol. I and Vol. II” have been received with great acclaim.
His new CDs “Piano Works” and “About Time” have been released by CatStudio Productions.
He is the percussionist and vocal arranger for The Blacktails – A NY Spy Band®
He is the owner of Cat Studio NY – a ProTools based recording project studio in Ny and Vermont.
NY Times’ , Alistair Macaulay says about Mr Catanzaro’s music : “The marvel lay in the changing imagination with which music was juxtaposed against dance…” (on Sara Rudner’s choreographic opus)