String Academy of excellence


Every year NUME Academy, (previously Accademia Isola Classica & festival, ed. 2018-2019-2020-2021), brings together international artists and world-renowned pedagogues. The Academy teaching staff core is formed by Mi-kyung Lee, Vlad Stanculeasa, Ettore Causa and Antonio Lysy which are committed to the growth of this cultural project since many years.

The Academy teaching staff core is based on the heritage of the great violinist Alberto Lysy, whose teaching has been a great influence in the development of all our tutors.

Ettore Causa, italian viola professor at Yale University with an intense international career especially in chamber music, is part of our team and is replaced this year by Misha Amory, to whom we are extremely grateful.

Mi-kyung Lee

Violin | Hochschule Für Musik und Theater Munich

Winner of the 2nd Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1985 and the 1st Prize at the ARD in Munich in 1988, Mi-kyung Lee was guest teacher at the UDK in Berlin and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Since 2005 she is teaching at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

Vlad Stanculeasa

Violin | Konzertmeister Sinfonieorchester Basel

Prize winner in the Enescu, Valsesia and Molinari competitions, Vlad Stanculeasa is an active solo and chamber music performer, as well as a teacher in european conservatories. As a soloist, he's performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig. He's collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Lahav Shani, Han Na Chang, Konrad von Abel.

Ettore Causa

Viola | Yale School of Music

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 England in 2000, Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship.

His highly praised recordings include several Claves CDs, among those his transcription of romantic pieces, which was awarded a prestigious “5 Diapasons” by the French magazin

Antonio Lysy

Cello | University California Los Angeles

Has appeared as soloist with orchestras such Royal Philharmonia ancd Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle and others. Lysy has recorded for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM and many live performances for cello solo.

Collaborative pianists


Lorena Tecu

Was selected by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to be the pianist of the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland where she performed concerts and tours. Tecu has recorded together with violinist Alberto Lysy “Romantic pieces for violin and piano. Lorena is a staff pianist at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Boston University College of Fine Arts.

José Gallardo

José Gallardo has won numerous international prizes and plays concerts at renowned festivals as Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cello Festival Kronberg and Chopin Festival in Warsaw.

Since autumn 2008 he has been teaching at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg and since 2013 he is artistic director of the chamber music festival Bürgenstock Festivals in Lucerne.