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Rossana Cauti

Rossana Cauti, Lecturer


Italian-Brazilian violist Rossana Cauti enjoys a musical career that spans through Europe, Latin America, United States. A versatile musician, she is an active soloist and chamber musician, a dedicated teacher, and a frequent orchestral performer. Dr. Cauti is the Assistant Principal Viola of the Pensacola Symphony and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras and the Executive and Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival “Suoni d’Abruzzo” (Italy).

A passionate chamber musician, Dr. Cauti is regularly invited to perform and teach in international chamber music festivals such as “Estate Musicale Frentana” (Italy), “Festival Settembre in Musica” (Italy), “The Southern Illinois Music Festival” (USA), “International Chamber Music Festival Del Garda” (Italy), “New York Summer Music Festival” (USA), “Festival de Musica de Campinas” (Brazil).

She collaborates and performs with world-renowned artists such as Yulia Berinskaya (Milano Music Master School), Andrea Massimo Grassi (Accademia del Teatro Alla Scala), Marco Fiorentini (Ars Trio di Roma), Frieder Berthold, Andrej Kurti (Northwestern State University), William Cernota (Chicago Lyric Opera).

She recently won positions as Assistant Principal Viola for Pensacola Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She previously served the Jacksonville Symphony as Section Viola, and the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra as Principal Viola.

Before moving to the USA in 2016, Dr. Cauti has worked as Principal Viola for “Pergolesi Spontini” Orchestra (Italy), Orchestra da Camera di Lugano (Switzerland), Orchestra “A. Vivaldi” (Italy), Orchestra Sinfonica da Unicamp (Brazil), touring Europe, Asia, South America, and performing in all major concert halls of Italy.

As a Viola faculty, she has taught for the New York Summer Music Festival, the Southeast Missouri Chamber Music Institute, Festival Suoni d’Abruzzo (Italy), Cives Mundi Academy (Switzerland), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois Chamber Music Institute. She has given masterclasses in USA, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland and she is currently working on publishing her own pedagogical work on Bela Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.

Dr. Cauti is a graduate of Florida State University (D.M.), Southern Illinois University (M.M.), Pescara Conservatory in Italy (A.D. and B.M.), Lugano Conservatory in Switzerland, Accademia Internazionale di Musica di Roma and at the Accademia del Garda in Italy.

Among her main viola professors and mentors are Yuval Gotlibovich (Lugano Hochschule fur Musik), Luca Ranieri (RAI Principal Viola), Marco Fiorentini (Ars Trio), Pamela Ryan (Florida State University).

She has performed in masterclasses with Maxim Rysanov, Toby Appel, Heidi Castlemann, Misha Amory, Csaba Erdélyi, Jon Thorne, Alexander Zemstov, Albert Igolnikov, Simonide Braconi, Massimo Paris, Ivan Vukcevich.

She plays on a Thomas Meuwissen Viola (2011) from Brussels, Belgium.

Rossana Cauti Office: Altgeld Hall, Room 210