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Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, Ettore Causa, Ole Akahoshi perform together Jan. 23

January 7, 2013

Concert features piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents four faculty performers in a performance of piano quartets on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 pm. The concert, which is part of the Faculty Artist Series, features Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Peter Frankl, piano.

The concert will feature three quartets for piano and strings, beginning with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, considered the first major piece in the genre, and Quartet in E-flat major, written less than a year after the first piece.

Also on the program is Dvorák’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, “an unfailing crowd-pleaser… possessed of an originality that makes it worthy to stand beside the more complex corners of Brahms’ chamber output” (All Music Guide).

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti, and his world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Kumho, and Casals Festivals. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic, and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music. He is an honorary professor of the Liszt Academy and has been on the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987.

Violinist Ani Kavafian’s career has been marked by great diversity as soloist with major orchestras, as a chamber musician, and as a recitalist. She is also in great demand as a teacher, having taught at Mannes School of Music, Manhattan, Queens College, McGill and Stony Brook Universities and capped by her appointment as Professor in the Practice of Violin at The Yale School of Music in 2006. Ms. Kavafian has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras. Along with her sister, Ida, she has appeared around the country in recital as well as soloists with orchestras. In 1979 Ms. Kavafian was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. She has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Recently Ms. Kavafian and Kenneth Cooper released a live recording of Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano on the Kleos Classics label. In 2007, a recording of Mozart Piano and Violin Sonatas with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio was released by Artek.

Italian-born violist Ettore Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England in 2000. He has since made soloist and recital appearances in major venues around the world. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa was a member of the Aria Quartet (2004–2009) and currently plays in the Poseidon Quartet. He is frequently invited to prestigious chamber music festivals, where he has performed with such renowned musicians as the Tokyo String Quartet, Pascal Rogé, Thomas Adès, and others. Mr. Causa taught both viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy for many years. He became an associate professor at the Yale School of Music in 2009. Among his recordings, both the Brahms Sonatas and the collection of Romantic pieces were highly praised by critics worldwide. Ettore plays on a viola made for him by Frédéric Chaudière in 2003.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “technical solidity, perfect intonation, and large edgeless tone of buttered-rum quality,” German cellist Ole Akahoshi has concertized on four continents in recitals and as soloist with orchestras, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Yehudi Menuhin and Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. He has won numerous competitions and is a recipient of the fellowship award from Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi. Mr. Akahoshi’s performances have been featured on CNN, NPR, WQXR, Korean Broadcasting, and all the major German stations. He has recorded for the Albany, New World, CRI, Calliope, Bridge, Sanga, and Naxos labels; his most recent releases include the Mendelssohn Octet with Gil Shaham. At age eleven, Ole Akahoshi was the youngest student to be accepted by Pierre Fournier. He received a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard and a master’s degree from Yale, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, as well as an artist diploma from Indiana University under János Starker. Ole Akahoshi is the principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists and a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music.

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