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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 2000, Italian-born violist Ettore Causa has been praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship. He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, and has performed at prestigious festivals. A devoted chamber musician, Causa has collaborated extensively with internationally renowned musicians.
At the Yale School of Music, Causa teaches graduate-level viola students and coaches chamber ensembles. He has performed on the School’s Faculty Artist Series and Oneppo Chamber Music Series and at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Before Causa joined the faculty of the School of Music in 2009, he taught both viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy. He attended the International Menuhin Music Academy, where he studied with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree.
Causa has published many highly regarded CDs on the Claves label. One notable recording is Romantic Transcriptions for Viola and Piano, on which he performshis own transcriptions, which was awarded a prestigious “5 Diapasons” by the French magazine Diapason.
In 2015, he was one of the honored guests at the 43rd International Viola Congress, where he performed his own arrangement of the Schumann Cello Concerto. Causa is an honorary member of British Viola Society and he performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudièrein 2003.
Miti Wisuthumporn has forged a career as one of the leading violists of his generation in Thailand, performing on international concert stages, commissioning and recording new works, and nurturing young musicians. Currently a principal violist of the Royal Bangkok
Symphony Orchestra, Miti received reviews such as “Miti played the central section’s exposed solo with admirable nerve and control.”(Bangkok Post). His appearances as
concert soloist have included the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Musica and the Chulalongkorn University String Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the members of the Pro Musica, Bangkok String Quartet, as well as
Andres Cardenes, Thomas Hampson, Clive Greensmith, Roeland Hendrikx and many others.
Dedicated to introducing classical music to a broader audience in Thailand, Miti worked with five fellow musicians to form the JEEB Ensemble. The ensemble sought to present core classical music repertoire in funky ways that reached a wider audience. It proved to
be popular – the JEEB Ensemble held sold-out music festivals in 2013 and 2017, had a China tour in 2018, launched Thailand’s first digitally-streamed classical music album distributed by Universal Music amidst COVID-19, and will soon launch its third festival.
Miti began violin studies at age 14 and switched to the viola at the age of 15 while studying with Ajarn Chaiwat Buranamanas and the National Artist Asst Prof Col
Choochart Pitaksakorn. From 2014 to 2008, he received a full-scholarship to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore under the tutelage of Jiri Heger, and between 2008 and 2010, received a full-scholarship to complete master degree at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied with distinguished American violists –Toby Appel, Joen Vasquez and Maureen
Gallargher. Later he moved to Europe for further studies with Matthias Maurar, former viola soloist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the University of Music and
Performing Art Graz, Austria.
Miti is currently a viola lecturer at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts and Faculty of Music Education – Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Humanities – Kasetsart University and Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music.
TAI, the tide, represents the ebbs and flows of tangaroa (the sea) and the energy that we ourselves hold. ORO, means to resound or resonate, and is the Māori word used for a musical note.
Taioro is an ensemble born of a desire to weave te reo Māori (Māori language) and toikupu (poetry) with instrumental music. Performers Sharn Maree (spoken word poet), Donald Maurice (viola), and Sherry Grant (piano) have collaborated to reframe existing works and create new works that speak to the current climate of indigenous equity, social change and historical recollections. Taioro has performed as guests of the New Zealand High Commission in Canada, giving the world premiere of Taioro ki te Ao at the National Gallery in Ottawa. This work was recently nominated for three prestigious awards at the Wellington Fringe Festival - the Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready, the Auckland Fringe Tour ready, and Best Words.
For the International Viola Congress Taioro will present a programme of music by New Zealand composers Alfred Hill and Douglas Lilburn, and poetry inspired by them, and a collaborative set of pieces by Sharn Maree and award winning composer Anthony Ritchie.
Sharn is an acclaimed spoken word Māori poet, Donald is a veteran of international viola congresses, this will be his 20th, and Sherry Grant is a well-known pianist and poet. Information about Taioro can be found on www.taioro.org
Malaysian violist and musicologist Dr Andrew Filmer is an associate professor at Sunway University in Malaysia and performs in the Sutera Ensemble and the Anjung Trio. He holds a PhD from the University of Otago, and a master’s in viola performance from Indiana University South Bend. He is versatile in the arts, combining his musicology training with that of viola performance and a passion for teaching. Andrew has won commendations and prizes in teaching, public speaking, research, performance and leadership.
Andrew performs frequently as a chamber musician and narrator, with occasional roles as orchestra conductor and concerto soloist. He was Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and is a advisor for the Australia and New Zealand Viola Society. His research has been presented twice at Cambridge University, thrice at International Viola Congresses, and has been published in the US, Europe, and Australasia. Andrew has been a guest speaker at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK, and the Elder Conservatorium in Australia.
With a dedication towards teaching, Andrew has facilitated string pedagogy workshops for Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). He has a particular interest in technology for education, and won Best Presentation for his research at the International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology in Kyoto, Japan in 2020. Outside of classical music, he was a member of the jazz band The Troubles, whose inaugural recording was released by Rattle Records. In addition to his music degrees, he has an honours degree in communications and a certificate in User Experience (UX).
Andrew studied with Donald Maurice and Anthony Ritchie in New Zealand, and Anthony Devroye of the Avalon Quartet in the United States. He plays on a viola by Malaysian luthier Tan Chin Seng, a modern bow by Benjamin Fabre of France, and baroque bows by Stephen Gibbs of New Zealand. He was part of a three-person team that constructed the first harpsichord built in Malaysia, and is a director for the Southeast Asian Music Academy Online.
Krit graduated with Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree at College of Music, Mahidol University. He was students of Juris Madrevich and Dr. Danny Keasler. He is considered one of the rising stars on the viola in Thailand. He is currently a member of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
He participated in a number of masterclasses offered by international professional musicians, including Juliet White-Smith, Michael Hall, Roger Chase, Felix Schwartz, and Jennifer Stumm
Krit has performed as a violist in several orchestras and chamber groups including
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra 2015 - present
Lotus Quartet 2012-present
Salaya String Chamber Orchestra 2011 – present [as a principal]
Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra 2014-2015 [as a principal]
Mahidol Symphony Orchestra 2012-2014 [as a principal]
Si Si string Chamber Orchestra 2014 [as a principal]
Tacet(i) Contemporary Ensemble 2014 – present
Thai Youth Orchestra 2010-2012
Described as “…a performer of virtuosic ability and one of the new generation of recitalists and gifted players from around the world” Matthew Marshall is Professor of Music and Dean of Arts at Sunway University Malaysia and is one of New Zealand’s leading classical guitarists.
In a prize-winning career spanning more than 35 years, Matthew has given over 2000 performances throughout Europe, Asia, Pacific Islands, America, Australasia, and from Iceland to Siberia to Easter Island! He has also given over 150 concerto performances with orchestras in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Russia, USA and Germany including appearances with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Guanajuato & Michoacan Symphony Orchestras, the Orlando Philharmonic the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Kemerovo Philharmonic in Russia.
Matthew is an advocate for contemporary music, particularly by New Zealand composers, with more than 60 works commissioned or premiered by him including nine concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. In 2005 he gave a critically acclaimed solo recital at the Royal Festival Hall, London premiering major new works by New Zealand composers.
As a recording artist, Matthew features on thirteen albums for solo guitar, with chamber ensembles and with orchestra (alongside the Kronos Quartet, the NZ String Quartet, NZ Symphony, and others). His fourth solo album “Fragments” was a finalist in the Best Classical Artist category of the 2020 New Zealand Music Awards.
Sought after as a teacher, since 1991 Matthew has held teaching positions at Universities and Colleges in four countries, and given masterclasses on four continents, including at the Conservatorio Nacional de Mexico, the Gnessin Academy Moscow, Mannes College New York, Liaoning University China and at Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Mexico and Malaysia. He was Artistic Director of the NZ International Guitar Festival 1992-2005 and Artistic Director of the Southern Cross Arts Festival Australia 2014-2017. He has been a juror on international music competitions in the UK, Australia, USA and New Zealand.
Alongside his performing career, Matthew has also held senior leadership positions at Universities in New Zealand, Australia, England and Malaysia including Dean of Arts & Social Science at Southern Cross University, Dean of Creative Arts at Central Queensland University Australia, Director of Music at Dartington College of Arts UK, Co-Director of the New Zealand School of Music and Head of the Conservatorium of Music, Massey University New Zealand.
He studied guitar in New Zealand with John Mills and William Bower, in England with Gordon Crosskey, in New York with David Leisner, and he holds a doctorate in performance from the University of Otago, New Zealand.