July 17th - 23rd / 2023 - Brunnenburg, Tirolo (Merano, Italy)

17-23 JULY 2023 - Brunnenburg Castle, Tirolo (Merano) 

 Also this year the CastelCello Festival offers the precious opportunity to participate at the cello Master-Class held by Francesco Dillon, which will take place from 17 to 23 July 2023.

The Master Class is aimed at perfecting instrumental technique, deepening the principles of interpretation and ensemble music and is open to cellists without age limits.

The course will take place during the CastelCello Festival (18-23 July 2023), an event entirely dedicated to the cello, allowing students to attend the scheduled concerts free of charge. For participants in the course there will be meetings and insights with the guest musicians of the Festival. The cellists of the 2023 edition will be Andrei Ionita, a highly sought-after soloist and first prize at the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 2015, the acrobatic experimenters with roots in Jazz and contemporary music Vincent Courtois and Eric Maria Couturier and the great French cellist and gambit Christophe Coin, already founder of the Quatuor Mosaiques.

On the morning of 23 July, at the conclusion of the Festival, the final concert of the participants in the Master Class will take place.

The students will be hosted in the splendid setting of the Brunnenburg Castle for the entire duration of the course. Included in the cost of the course, the CastelCello Festival offers all students professional photographic documentation which will include individual portraits of the participants for their concert activity. To access the selection of candidates, please send the curriculum and a good quality audio and video including a movement from Bach's Suites and a piece of the candidate's choice by the date of 15 June 2023.

Enrollment and attendance fee (including accommodation - Bed & Breakfast): €650 (350 for course, 300 for 6 nights accommodation in single room and breakfast/lunch)

Info and reservations: 0039 3404919237 -


A few notes on Francesco Dillon

Born in Turin, in 1973, Dillon has to his credit a brilliant international career characterized by the originality and variety of the repertoire explored. The intense solo activity sees him perform on prestigious international stages, such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Berlin, Philharmonie in Köln to name a few, and with orchestras, such as - among others - Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, SWR Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and RSO Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien. He has collaborated with conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Susanna Mallki, Luciano Berio, Peter Rundel, Johannes Kalitzke. He perfected himself with cellists of the caliber of Anner Bijlsma, Mario Brunello, David Geringas and Mstislav Rostropovich. He also studied composition with Salvatore Sciarrino. In 1993 he was one of the founders of the Prometeo Quartet, an internationally renowned chamber ensemble, winner of numerous awards (Prague Spring, ARD München, Bordeaux) and awarded the "Silver Lion" for lifetime achievement at the Venice Music Biennale 2012. Dillon is also a stable member of the Ensemble Alter Ego regularly invited to major contemporary music festivals around the world. He has recorded for the SONY, ECM, Kairos, Ricordi, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel, Mode and Touch labels. He has premiered the Variations by Salvatore Sciarrino (performance awarded with the Diapason d'or) and the Ballade by Giacinto Scelsi, both with the RAI National Orchestra. In duo with the pianist Emanuele Torquati he has made three CDs of Schumannian rarities and the complete works for cello by Franz Liszt for Brilliant Classics. His performances are broadcast by BBC, RAI, ARD, Radio France, ORF, ABC Australia, WDR. In addition to his concert activity, he also has teaching experiences in institutions such as the Royal College of London, the Chigiana Academy of Siena, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, the Liszt Academy of Budapest, the Pacific University (California), Untref-Buenos Aires, Manchester University. Currently Dillon is professor of the advanced specialization course at the Fiesole School of Music. From 2010 to 2019 he was artistic director of the contemporary music season "Music@villaromana" in Florence and since 2019 he has been artistic director of the CastelCello Festival in Brunnenburg.