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David Shifrin, Ettore Causa, and Wei-Yi Yang play trios by Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch Sep. 17

Faculty Artist Series
August 29, 2013

The 2013–2014 Faculty Artist Series opens September 17 with a recital by David Shifrin, clarinet; Ettore Causa, viola; and Wei-Yi Yang, piano. The trio will play music by Bruch, Mozart, and Schumann.

The concert opens with the first known piece to be written for the trio of clarinet, viola, and piano: Mozart’s Trio in E-flat major, K. 498, known as the “Kegelstatt” Trio. Next is Schumann’s fanciful yet virtuosic Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132, written in 1853. The evening concludes with Bruch’s Eight Pieces, Op. 83, written in 1910 in a lush style that hearkens back to the Romantic era.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

About the Performers

Clarinetist David Shifrin, winner of the 2000 Avery Fisher Prize, has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Denver symphonies. He has appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition he has performed in recital and as soloist with orchestra throughout Europe and Asia. A three-time Grammy nominee, he has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest since 1980 and a faculty member at Yale since 1987. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, he served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004.


Ettore CausaItalian-born violist Ettore Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and John Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England in 2000. He has since made soloist and recital appearances in many of the world’s major venues. 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 chamber music festivals where he has performed with such musicians as the Tokyo String Quartet, Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Thomas Adès, and many others. Mr. Causa taught viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy for many years. He joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2009. Among his recording, both the Brahms Sonatas and the collection of Romantic pieces garnered overwhelming success and were highly praised by critics worldwide. Ettore plays on a viola made for him by Frédéric Chaudière in 2003.


Wei-Yi YangPianist Wei-Yi Yang has earned worldwide acclaim for his captivating performances and imaginative programming. Gold Medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has also performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and across Europe, Australia, and Asia. A dynamic chamber musician with a diverse repertoire, Mr. Yang has collaborated with the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets, as well as Frederica von Stade, Clive Greensmith. and Richard Stoltzman, among numerous others. Wei-Yi Yang has curated inventive interdisciplinary projects, including a collaboration with actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture-recitals on the confluence of Czech music and literature; and multimedia performances of Granados’s Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings. Mr. Yang has given premieres of new works by contemporary composers including Howard Boatwright, Jonathan Cole, Daniel Godfrey, and Ezra Laderman. Mr. Yang regularly appears at festivals across the United States, from Norfolk to Napa Valley, and abroad, including Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Mexico, and Scotland. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music.