Nicolas Corti ist viola soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and professor of viola (major and minor) at "Zurich University of the Arts".
Nicolas Corti (*1956) studied viola with his fatherOttavio Corti at the Zurich Conservatory, after having completed his maturity in a grammar school. There he did his teaching, orchestral and solo diplomas. He then went to New York for intensive studies with Emanuel Vardi (the former soloviolist under Arthuro Toscannini with the famous NBC orchestra) for one year.
Since 1976 he has worked freelance in the Zurich Tonhalle and Opera Orchestras.
He was also 15 yearsmember of the well known Collegium Musicum Zürich under Paul Sacher until this orchestra ended in 1992.
He gives solo performances and also plays in various chamber music formations as the Trio Musaïque with flute,viola and harpe, the Zürich Chamber Trio, duo with piano and many other changing formations.
In 1982, Corti was co-founder of the Amati Quartet that has become internationally known, thanks to its many concert appearances in most famous concerthouses in the world and recordings with several compactdisc prices in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.
With the Amati Quartet Corti had numerous concerts with great musicians as: Krystian Zimerman, Bruno Canino, Karl Engel, Rudolf Buchbinder, David Geringas, Antonio Meneses, Anner Bjilsma, Steven Isserlis, Eduard Brunner, Paul Meyer, Karl Leister, Bruno Giuranna, Gérard Caussé, James Galway, Jaques Zoon and others.
The Amati Quartet finished playing 2009. About 30 compact disques show the very high quality of this ensemble.
Since 1996, Corti teaches viola and chamber music at the Zurich University of Arts.
He is now in the 5th season Violasoloist (50%) in the Winterthur Orchestra, the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
In 2008 he joined the Jury of the international Tromp Stringquartet Competition in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Here you find a choice of his solo repertoire for viola:
J.S.Bach Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr.6
J.Chr. Bach C-Moll
Bela Bartok Violakonzert
G. Benda F-Dur
M. Bruch Romanze
Doppelkonzert für Klarinette und Vla
H. Berlioz Harold in
D. v. Dittersdorf Concertante für Viola, Kontrabass und Orchester
David Gyula Es-Dur
J. Haydn D-Dur op. 101 (orig. Vc)
M. Haydn C-Dur für Viola, Orgelund Orch.
P. Hindemith Trauermusik
P. Hindemith Schwanendreher
F.A. Hoffmeister. Violakonzert D-Dur
G. Holst Lyric Movement
J. N. Hummel Fantaisie
A. H. Lilienthal Konzert Nr.2 für Bratsche und Orchester (N. Corti dedicated)
F. Martin Ballade
B. Martinu Rhapsody Concerto
Mozart W.A. Cocertante Symphonie, Violine und Viola
P. Müller op. 24 f-moll
N. Paganini Sonata per la gran Viola und Orch
B. Pigovat Requiem „The Holocaust“
J. Reicha Violakonzert Es-Dur
A.Rolla Concertino in Es-Dur
M. Rosza Violakonzert
L. Smit Violakonzert (1940)
K. Stamitz Violakonzert D-Dur
G. P. Telemann Violakonzert G-Dur
A. Vivaldi e-moll Konzert
Viola d'amore Konzert für Viola G-Dur
W. Walton Konzert
A. Wranitzky Konzert C-Dur für 2 Violen und Orchester
C.M. von Weber Andante und Rondo ungarese
V. Williams Suite
K. Zelter Es-Dur