Program 2022

CastelCello is one of the rare festivals worldwide dedicated exclusively to the cello and its music. Once a year outstanding international artists of this instrument perform programs that range from the classic to jazz and improvisation in castle Brunnenburg’s romantic courtyard.

The 9th edition of our CastelCello festival will take place from August 15th - 21th and is dedicated to the violoncello.


Dimitri Kabalevsky - Sonata in B flat major op. 71
Robert Schumann - Sonata no 2 in D minor op. 121 (tr. Isserlis)

Robert Schuhmann - Adagio and Allegro op. 70

Johannes Brahms - Sonata no 2 in F major op. 99

17.08.2022 - 8:30 pm: IMPRO-JAZZ

Ernst Reijseger - Cello - Harmen Fraanje - Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata op. 5 n. 1 in F Major
Gabriel Faurè - Sonata n. 2 op. 117
Leos Janacek ​- Pohádka
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata op. 5 n. 2 in G minor

21.08.2022 - 11.00 am: FINAL CONCERT
students of the Masterclass with Francesco Dillon -  First performance of the new piece by Keiko Devaux for violoncello solo (commissioned by CastelCello 2022

Info & reservation


Reservations via email: or by phone from August, 1st 

TEL:  +39 335 8305941


Concert in Tirol Castle August, 15th: 40 € / 25 €
Concerts in Brunnenburg August, 17th and 19th:  30 € / 20 €
Concert Masterclass: Free entry

Access and parking

From Merano to Tirolo/Dorf Tirol, parking in the village, 10 minutes walking distance to the castle


August, 15th 2022 

Steven Isserlis- Cello
Connie Shih - Piano

Dimitri Kabalevsky - Sonata in B flat major op. 71

Robert Schumann - Sonata no 2 in D minor op. 121 (tr. Isserlis)

Robert Schuhmann - Adagio and Allegro op. 70

Johannes Brahms - Sonata no 2 in F major op. 99

Steven Isserlis

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and gives recitals in major musical centres. As a chamber musician, he has curated concert series for many prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd St Y, and the Salzburg Festival. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello in classical programmes.

He has a strong interest in historical performance, working with many period-instrument orchestras and giving recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and has given many premieres of new works, including Sir John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil and many other works, Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, three works for solo cello by György Kurtág, and pieces by Heinz Holliger and Jörg Widmann.

Steven’s wide-ranging discography includes J S Bach’s complete solo cello suites (Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year), Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, concertos by C P E Bach and Haydn, the Elgar and Walton concertos, and the Brahms double concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Since 1997, Steven has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He also enjoys playing for children, and has created three musical stories, with the composer Anne Dudley. His two books for children, published by Faber & Faber, have been translated into many languages; his latest book for Faber is a commentary on Schumann’s Advice for Young Musicians, and a book about the Bach suites has been published in 2021. He has also devised and written two evenings of words and music, one describing the last years of Robert Schumann, the other devoted to Marcel Proust and his salons, and has presented many programmes for radio, including documentaries about two of his heroes – Robert Schumann and Harpo Marx.

The recipient of many awards, Steven’s honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, the Piatigorsky Prize and Maestro Foundation Genius Grant in the U.S, the Glashütte Award in Germany, the Gold Medal awarded by the Armenian Ministry of Culture, and the Wigmore Medal.

Steven plays the ‘Marquis de Corberon’ Stradivarius of 1726, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

Connie Shih 

The Canadian pianist, Connie Shih, is repeatedly considered to be one of Canada’s most outstanding artists. In 1993 she was awarded the Sylvia Geber Award for most outstanding classical artist under age 30. At the age of nine, she made her orchestral debut with Mendelssohn’s first Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, she was the youngest ever protégé of Gyorgy Sebok, and then continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Claude Frank, himself a protégé of Arthur Schnabel. Later studies were undertaken with Fou Tsong in Europe.

As a soloist, she has appeared extensively with orchestras throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. In a solo recital setting, she has made countless appearances in Canada, the U.S., Iceland, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and China. Connie has given chamber music performances with many world-renowned musicians. To critical acclaim, she appears regularly concert with her duo partner, cellist Steven Isserlis worldwide. Including chamber music appearances at the Wigmore and Carnegie Hall, she performs at the prestigious Bath Music Festival. Her collaborations have included Sir Simon Keenlyside, Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Tabea Zimmerman, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau and Isabelle Faust.

In 2022 Connie will tour Asia, America, Europe as well as Australia with Steven Isserlis. With the cellist Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, she recorded the first ever CD of the Sonatas for piano and cello by Carl Reineke and the complete Beethoven Sonatas. In 2017 she released her first of her two CDs with Steven Isserlis on the BIS label, while this year will see the release of their first CD collaboration on Hyperion.

Connie’s performances are frequently broadcast via television and radio station in North America, Asia and Europe.

Connie was adjunct faculty at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz and presently at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. In addition she has given masterclasses at renowned music institutions and was on the faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy.

August, 17th 2022
Ernst Reijseger- Cello
Harmen Fraanje - Piano


Cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger is creative partner of musicians, film- and theatre makers, actors, storytellers, poets, dancers, dj’s, painters, sculptors, photographers, glass blowers, inventors, athletes and horses.

Reijseger is a genre bender. His musical collaborations include improvised and jazz music (Harmen Fraanje, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy, Uri Caine, Deborah Brown), classical and baroque music (Yo Yo Ma, Giovanni Sollima, Erik Bosgraaf, Dutch Wind Ensemble, Forma Antiqua) and traditional music (Trilok Gurtu, Tenore e Concordu de Orosei, Groove Lélé, Nana Vasconcelos, A Filetta, Mola Sylla, Ceylan Ertem).

Apart from playing live concerts, Reijseger scored 12 films for Werner Herzog (a.o. The White Diamond, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) and the film Walking Out by Alex&Andrew Smith.

During summer 2017 he scored and performed his music to Shakespeare’s Hamlet at The Public Theatre in New York City (with a.o. Oscar Isaac, Keegan Michael Key and Gayle Rankin, directed by Sam Gold).

Irish music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly frequently follows Ernst Reijseger’s encounters and tours. 

Reijseger’s catalog exceeds 200 albums. Reijseger’s first internationally distributed solo album was Colla Parte (1997). Since 2021, Reijseger’s music and videos are released on his label Spring Music, available on all digital platforms.

Reijseger plays a five string cello by Bolink & Steinhauer, granted by the Dutch National Foundation of Musical Instruments. He plays an electric five string cello by NS Design. Cello strings are endorsed by Thomastik Infeld. 


Harmen Fraanje is a pianist, composer and educator from the Netherlands.
He leads and co-leads several projects like his solo project, trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla, a quartet with Magic Malik, Brice Soniano and Toma Gouband, a new duo with Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen, a trio with Finnish musicians Aino Peltomaa on voice and Mikko Perkola on viola da gamba and a duo with Dutch guitarist Anton Goudsmit. These groups mostly perform original works with a lot of space for improvisation.

Harmen is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene, like the Mats Eilertsen Trio and Michael Moore’s Fragile Quartet. With these projects he frequently performs at festivals and concert venues throughout the world. Recordings of the projects he’s involved in have been released by renowned record labels like ECM, Winter & Winter, Outhere Music, Hubro Music, Challenge Jazz…

Harmen collaborated with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, Arve Henriksen, Thomas Morgan, Tony Malaby, Han Bennink, Ernst Reijseger, Trygve Seim, Jesse van Ruller, Magic Malik, Nelson Veras, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder, Enrico Rava, Werner Herzog, Trio Mediaeval, Hein van de Geyn, Perico Sambeat, Igor Roma, Louis Moholo, Ferenc Kovács, Rudi Mahall, Cristina Branco.

Harmen is section representative of the jazz piano faculty and principal subject teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam / University of the Arts Amsterdam. Additionally, he is frequently invited to give workshops and masterclasses at other conservatories in Europe.

According to the internationally acclaimed website AllAboutJazz “Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade.”


August, 19th 2022 

Vashti Mimosa Hunter - Cello
Noam Greenberg - Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata op.5 n.1 in F major

Gabriel Fauré​ ​- Sonata no. 2 op. 117

Leos Janacek ​- Pohádka

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata op.5 n.2 in G minor


Born in London into a musical family, cellist Vashti Hunter is currently based in Berlin and Budapest. She is the first British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’ in its 65 year history.​

In December 2020 Vashti Hunter and Jonian Ilias Kadesha spent the second lockdown learning and recording all 6 Bartok quartets in Budapest, under the auspices of the great Hungarian musical legends György Kurtag and Ferenc Rados. The quartet has since performed at the Budapest Music Center, Liszt Academy Grand Hall, Esterhazy Palace Eisenstadt, Lockenhaus and Mantua Chamber Music Festival and has recorded for BANFF quartet festival in Canada. Future projects include concerts in numerous places around Hungary, Italy, Sweden and Germany.

Vashti studied in London and Hannover with Leonid Gorokhov and in Berlin with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. A very important influence is the cellist Steven Isserlis. ​

She plays on a Rombouts cello built in 1720, which is on generous loan by a private sponsor.


Israeli pianist Noam Greenberg studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and at Yale University, before moving to London to study with Maria Curcio. His life was changed by his visit to the International Musicians' Seminar Prussia Cove in 2001 for Master Classes with Ferenc Rados and Andras Schiff. Many lessons with Ferenc Rados followed in Budapest, and regular visits to the Open Chamber Music Seminars at IMS Prussia Cove.

Noam now enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in both the traditional repertoire and new music and has appeared on many European stages including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Parco della Musica Roma, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Auditorio Nacional Madrid.

An avid performer of contemporary music, he has given many Israeli premieres including Ligeti's Piano Concerto, in a performance broadcast live by the European Broadcasting Union. He has participated in the festivals of Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Banff, Norfolk, Lapland, Orlando, Schleswig-Holstein, Stage-Barcelona, and IMS Prussia Cove. He teaches annually at Burg Fesitritz in Austria, and has also given masterclass courses at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold.

He is artistic director of the Music at Tresanton festival, which he founded in 2006.

August, 21st 2022 

FINAL CONCERT - students of the Masterclass with Francesco Dillon 

First performance

of the new piece by 

Keiko Devaux 

for violoncello solo (commissioned by of CastelCello 2022)

The closing concert will be the traditional appointment with students of Francesco Dillon’s Cello Masterclass, which will offer the opportunity to discover and enjoy young Italian and international talents performing in various combinations, from solo to ensemble.

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