Gérard Caussé

Born in Tolouse, Gérard Caussé is as recognized for his performances as for his pedagogical feature. What is more, he is one of the few violinists who have managed to bring out the viola as a solo instrument at the same level as other instruments such as the violin or the piano, in the same way William Primrose did a century ago.

Gérard Caussé obtained international relevance in the mid seventies as Ensemble Intercomteporain foundator member and soloist, conducted by Pierre Ovules. At the same time he continued developing his violin repertoire, playing concertos from contemporary composers such as Philippe Hersant or Katsuhiro Oguri, who dedicated their pieces to him.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras like the Orchestre National in France, Radio France Philharmonic, Montpellier Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Luxembourg Philharmonic or the Symphony Orchestra in Sao Paulo, amongst many others. He has played under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Charles Dutoit or Kent Nagano, and with soloists like Gidon Kremer, Maria João Pires, Paul Meyer or François-René Duchable. Between 2002 and 2004 he was the Artistic Director of the Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra.

His repertoire covers all the way form baroque music to Bruch, Berlioz, Bartok, Stravinsky, Britten or Mozart, who he considers “the first to understand the intention and singularity of the viola”.

His international recognition can be revealed taking a look at his extended discography: more than thirty five recordings for renowned labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, EMI o Erato. He has earned notorious awards like the Fondation de la Vocation, Prix Sacem, Grand Prix du Disque, Prix Gabriel Fauré or the Academie Charles Cros Prize.

Gérard Caussé plays a viola made by “Gasparo da Salo” in 1560, and is professor of the prestigious Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid.


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