• Romantic Transcriptions for Viola & Piano

  • CD 2609

Ettore Causa - viola

Born in Naples (Italy); Ettore Causa started his studies of violin and viola at the Naples Conservatory with G. Francavilla; and after graduating with the highest marks he was selected to study at the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland) where he stayed for four years. He was taught by Sir Yehudi Menuhin; Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar; who were to become important inspirational guides in his development. In 1996 he won a scholarship to work under the guidance of Michael Tree (Guarneri Quartet) at the Manhattan School of Music; New York.

Upon completing his studies in 1998; Ettore Causa was appointed First Solo Viola of the Carl Nielsen Philharmonic in Odense (Denmark) and also became the leader of the Copenhagen Chamber Soloist.cIn 2000; he was awarded both the “P. Schidlof prize” and the “J. Barbirolli prize” for “The most beautiful sound” in the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England. He has since made soloist and recital appearances with leading musicians in many of the Major venues around the world; and performed as a soloist in some of the most important halls such as Victoria Hall; (Geneva); Zurich Tonhalle; Madrid National Auditorium; Barcelona Auditorium; Salle Cortot (Paris); Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires); Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Hall; MSM Auditorium (New York); and played at the major Festivals; including the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad); Festival de Estoril (Portugal); Salzburg Festival; Festival del Pontino (Italy); Tivoli Festival (Copenhagen) and Festival of Perth (Australia).

Particularly devoted to chamber music; he is also regularly invited to prestigious chamber music festivals like Prussia Cove (England); Savonlinna (Finland); Lanaudiere (Canada) and the Festival Lysy (Buenos Aires); where he plays with internationally renowned colleagues such as Alberto Lysy; Patrick Demenga; Thomas Füri; Natalie Clein; Jeremy Menuhin and others. Since 2004 is member of the Aria Quartet who made its name as one of a leading ensembles on the Swiss chamber music scene; and with whom he performs regularly in Switzerland and abroad.

Since 2001 Ettore Causa is professor of both Viola and Chamber Music at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and he is regularly invited to give Master Classes not only in Switzerland; but also in Spain; Portugal; Italy and Argentina. Ettore Causa plays on a Viola made for him by Frederic Chaudiere in 2003.

Romantic Transcriptions for Viola & Piano

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