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Viola, piano chamber music

An evening of chamber music featuring French violist Gérard Caussé will be held at the Manoel Theatre on Tuesday.

The concert, ‘An evening of chamber music for viola and piano’ will also feature Portugese pianist Felipe Ribeiro Pinto.

The musicians will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A, Op. 69 and Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A.

Caussé is widely acclaimed as ranking among the handful of great international viola talents of our time and one of the few who, since Primrose, have made the viola once again a solo instrument in its own right.

This has been recognised by an impressive range of major record labels, whether for solo, concerto or chamber music recordings, earning him numerous awards from the international music press.

Highly respected by his peers, Caussé performs and records regularly with such household names as Emmanuel Krivine, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Gidon Kremer, Maria João Pires, Augustin Dumay, François-René Duchable, Paul Meyer, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon.

Caussé came to international recognition in the mid-1970s as a founding member and solo viola for Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. While continuing to be a champion of new repertoire for the viola, with over 10 concertos written especially for him (recently he has premiered viola concertos by Philippe Hersant and Katsuhiro Oguri), Caussé has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.

Caussé plays a Gasparo da Salo (1560) and is professor at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid.

Pinto-Ribeiro was born in Porto, Portugal. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the tutelage of Liudmila Roshchina, holding the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship. These studies culminated in the award of a Doctorate in Musical Performance with the highest distinction.

Pinto-Ribeiro enjoys an intense career as a soloist and chamber musician and has mastered a wide ranging repertoire extending from the Baroque to contemporary music.

Pinto-Ribeiro is the artistic director of the Schostakovich Ensemble, which is the resident ensemble at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. He is also the artistic director of the festival ‘Nights at the Arabian Hall’ at the Stock Exchange Palace in Porto.

He frequently gives piano masterclasses and teaches at the Portuguese Catholic University, where he holds a professorship.

‘An evening of chamber music for viola and piano’ starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets from the Manoel Theatre booking office on 2124 6389 or [email protected].

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