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faculty artist series

Ettore Causa viola Boris Berman piano

Morse Recital Hall February 16, 2017 • Thursday at 7:30 pm

Faculty Artist Series

Ettore Causa viola Boris Berman piano February 16, 2017 • Morse Recital Hall

Franz Schubert 1797–1828 ed. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert

Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 I. Allegro moderato II. Adagio III. Allegretto

Robert Schumann 1810–1856 arr. Ettore Causa

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck II. Allegretto III. Lebhaft


Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849 arr. Ettore Causa

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 I. Allegro moderato II. Scherzo III. Largo IV. Finale. Allegro

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Artist Profiles

Ettore Causa, viola Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence, and complete musicianship. He was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the J. Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Causa has made solo and recital appearances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Tokyo Symphony Hall, and Teatro Colon, and has performed at the Menuhin (Gstaad), Salzburg, Tivoli (Copenhagen), Prussia Cove (England), Savonlinna (Finland), Launadire (Canada), and Norfolk (Connecticut) festivals. Mr. Causa is a former member of the Aria Quartet and is a current member of the Poseidon Quartet and has collaborated with such renowned musicians as the Tokyo, Artis, 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. Ettore Causa studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and later at the Manhattan School of Music with Michael Tree. After teaching for many years at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Mr. Causa joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2009. His recordings include two Claves CDs: one of the Brahms Viola Sonata

and the other his transcriptions of Romantic pieces, which was awarded five Diapasons. Mr. Causa performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudière in 2003. Boris Berman, piano Well known to the audiences in more than fifty countries on six continents, Professor Berman regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and at important festivals. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. An active recording artist and a Grammy Award nominee, he was the first pianist to record the complete solo works of Prokofiev. Other acclaimed releases include all of Alexander Scriabin’s piano sonatas and a recital of Shostakovich’s piano works, for which he received the Edison Classic Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy Award). He has also recorded three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Neeme Järvi conducting, as well as works by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Schumann, Brahms, Franck, Debussy, Stravinsky, Janáček, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Joplin, and Cage. In 1984, Professor Berman joined the Yale School of Music faculty, where he is Professor in the Practice of Piano, coordinator of the piano department, and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He was the founding director of the Yale Summer Piano

Artist Profiles

Institute and the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong. He also gives master classes throughout the world and frequently serves as a juror at international competitions. In 2005, he was given the title of Honorary Professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and in 2013 was named an Honorary Professor at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen. In 2000, the Yale University Press published Professor Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, which has been translated into several languages. In 2008, the same publisher released his book Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer. He is the editor of the new critical edition of Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev (Shanghai Music Publishing House). In 2016–17, Boris Berman is performing and teaching in Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia, and the United States.




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Ettore Causa & Boris Berman, Feb 16, 2017