[ Viola ]

Ettore Causa

Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is considered one of the most brilliant violists performers and pedagogues of our time. Awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the J. Barbirolli Prize for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England in 2000, he is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship.

He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Tokyo Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon, etc., and has performed at numerous international festivals, such as the Menuhin (Gstaad), Salzburg, Tivoli (Copenhagen), Prussia Cove (England), Savonlinna (Finland) Launadire (Canada) and Norfolk (USA) Festivals.

Also a devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa is a former member of the Aria Quartet (2004–2009) and a currently member of the Poseidon Quartet, and has collaborated extensively with internationally renowned musicians such as the Tokyo and Elias String Quartets, Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Thomas Adès, Natalie Clein, Ana Chumachenco, Ani Kavafian, Alberto and Antonio Lysy, Liviu Prunaru, Thomas Demenga, Anthony Marwood, Ulf Wallin, William Bennett, and others.

Having studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and later at the Manhattan School of Music with Michael Tree, then having taught both viola and chamber music for many years at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Mr. Causa joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2009.

His highly praised recordings include two CDs on the Claves label,  one featuring the Brahms viola sonata and the other his transcription of romantic pieces, which was awarded a prestigious 5 Diapasons by the eponymous French magazine.

Mr. Causa performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudière in 2003.