Program 2023

CastelCello is one of the rare festivals worldwide dedicated exclusively to the cello and its repertoire. Every year in the romantic courtyard of the Brunnenburg castel international virtuosos of this instrument are staged with programs ranking from classical to jazz to improvisation. This year the festival takes place from 18 to 23 July. On 23 July the final concert of the participants at the Master Class concludes the days dedicated to the cello. 

18.07.2023 - 8.30 pm - Brunnenburg: 
ANDREI IONITA - cellist of Romanian origin, winner of the Tchaikovsky competition in 2015 and very successful soloist.

program to be defined 

21.07.2023 - 8.30 pm - Brunnenburg:
VINCENT COURTOIS - French jazz musician and cellist of great fame
in duo with another great cellist 
ERIC MARIA COUTURIER - principal cello soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain

22.07.2023 - 8.30 pm - Tyrol Castle: 
CHRISTOPHE COIN - baroque cello

JAN WILLEM JANSEN - harpsicord

23.07.2023 - 11.00 am - Brunnenburg: 
FINAL CONCERT of the students of the Master Class held by Francesco Dillon

Info & reservation


Reservations via email: or by phone from July, 3rd

TEL:  +39 335 8305941


Concert in Brunnenburg July, 18th: 30 € / 20 €
Concert in Brunnenburg July, 21st :  30 € / 20 €
Concert in Tyrol Castle July, 22nd: 40 € / 25 €
Concert Masterclass: Free entry

Access and parking

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


July, 18th 2023 

Andrei Ionita - Cello



J.S.Bach: Suite Nr. 4 in E flat major for Violoncello solo 
Brett Dean: „Oblique Strategies“

Domenico Gabrielli: Ricercari (selection)
George Crumb: Sonate for Violoncello solo

Andrei Ionita

Andrei Ioniță is one of the world’s most admired cellists of his generation. The Times of London calls him “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade”; the British Gramophone “a cellist of superb skill and musical imagination and a commitment to music of our time.” The artist  plays a violoncello built by Filippo Fasser in 2004-

Ioniță was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1994. He first became a student of Ani-Marie Paladi and later of Prof. Jens Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. In 2015, he won the Gold Medal at the internationally renowned Tchaikovsky Competition. He became a laureate of ARD, Hachaturian and Feuermann competitions. From 2016 to 2018, the BBC of London awarded him the title of "New Generation Artist", which promoted his popularity in the UK. Followed by that, Andrei held performances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Andrei Ioniță has collaborated with an extensive network of European orchestras, among them the Munich and Dresden Philharmonic, the German Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as his appointment to “Artist in Residence” with the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra in the season of 19/20.

 July, 21st 2023

Vincent Courtois - Cello

Eric Maria Couturier - Cello



Vincent Courtois

Courtois studied classical cello at the Conservatory of Aubervilliers, first with Erwan Fauré, and then with Roland Pidoux and Frédéric Lodéon. He also played Didier Levallet and Dominique Pifarély, and since 1988 in bands lead by Christian Escoudé and Didier Levallet ("Swing String System") in Paris. In addition he started his own quartet in 1990, releasing his debut solo album Cello News the same year.

He played in the duo with Martial Solal from 1993, with Julien Lourau in "Pendulum Quartet", with Franck Tortiller in the band "Tukish Blend" and the trio "Zebra 3", and in addition he played with Xavier Desandre Navarre. He has also contributed to the album Marvellous (1994) with Michel Petrucciani, Tony Williams and Dave Holland.

In 1995 Courtois performed his first solo concerts, he played within François Corneloup's Septett, and collaborated with Louis Sclavis making music for film and theatre. He also recorded two albums with the quintet of Rabih Abou-Khalil, and in 1998 he participated in an ensemble led by Pierre Favre, and a trio with Yves Robert. In 2000 he performed in three trio constellations, in 2002 a quintet played at the festival "Banlieues Bleues", and in a trio with Ellery Eskelin and Sylvie Courvoisier.

In 2005 Courtois joined Michele Rabbia and Marilyn Crispell to play in Bamako with his own trio. He was involved with Henri Texiers in recording the music to the movie Holy Lola by Bertrand Tavernier. In 2006 he initiated a new quartet with Jeanne Lagt, Marc Baron and François Merville. In 2008 he released the album L' homme avion with Ze Jam Afane.

Eric Maria Couturier

At the age of 18, Éric-Maria Couturier entered the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in Roland Pidoux’s class, where he received the highest honors in cello and a masters in chamber music in Christian Ivaldi’s class. He was awarded First Prize and the Special Prize in the Trapani competition, Second Prize in Trieste and Third Prize of Florence along with pianist Laurent Wagschal with whom he recorded an album devoted to French music in the early XXth century.

At 23, he joined the Paris Orchestra then became first chair soloist with the Bordeaux National Orchestra. Since 2002, he has been a soloist with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Eric-Maria Couturier has played for the greatest conductors of our day, including Solti, Sawallisch, Giulini, Maazel and Boulez.

Member of Trio Talweg, he is soloist in the cello concertos of Haydn, Dvorak, Eötvös and Kurtág. His experience with chamber music has been enriched by playing with pianists such as Maurizio Pollini, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Shani Diluka.

In the realm of improvisation, he plays with jazz singer David Linx, DJ ErikM, singer Laika Fatien and double bass player Jean-Philippe Viret with whom he recorded his latest album in quartet. He has also recorded an album with the octet Les Violoncelles Français for the label Mirare. He plays on a Frank Ravatin cello. 

 July, 22nd 2023 

Christoph Coin - Baroque Cello

Jan Willem Jansen - Harpsichord
Tyrol Castle 

Vivaldi - Sonata in B flat major
          Sonata in A minor
Geminiani​ ​- Sonata in C major

Bach ​- Solo for Harpsichord
Abel - Solo for Viola da Gamba
Bach - Sonata for VdG and obligato Harpsichord in D major

Christoph Coin

Christophe Coin (26 January 1958) is a French cellist, viola da gamba player and conductor active in the field of historically informed performance. He is the cellist of the Quatuor Mosaïques and is the director of the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges.

Born in Caen, Coin studied with Jacques Ripoche. At the Conservatoire de Paris, he studied cello with André Navarra and graduated in 1974. From 1976, he studied on a scholarship in Vienna. He was influenced by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others. From 1978, he studied viola da gamba with Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

He worked first mainly as a soloist. In 1984, he founded the Mosaïques Ensemble and in 1987 the string quartet Quatuor Mosaïques with Erich Höbarth, Andrea Bischof and Anita Mitterer, all players members of the Concentus Musicus Wien. The quartet has performed mostly works of the classical period on period instruments, with a focus on less known works. After a 2012 concert in New York, their playing was reviewed as "balancing period instruments and historically informed performance practice with contemporary interpretive impulses like no other". Since 1991, Coin has been director of the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, for performances of cantatas, oratorio and operas of the 17th and 18th century on period instruments.

Since 1988, Coin has been a teacher for Baroque cello and viola da gamba at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has organised workshops on the building and playing of historic instruments.

In 1991 he played as part of the sound-track to the French film Tous les Matins du Monde.

Jan Willem Jansen

Born in Holland, Jan Willem Jansen studied music with Jan Warmink, Willem Mesdag and Wim van Beek. In 1977 he obtained a diploma as a soloist at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and subsequently perfected himself with Ton Koopman in Amsterdam. He then moved to France where he worked alongside Xavier Darasse, of whom he became a pedagogical collaborator at the Toulouse Conservatory. In this institute he is co-founder of the early music department and, alongside Michel Bouvard, assumes responsibility for the new higher department of organ and harpsichord. In addition to the role of teacher, his activity as an interpreter leads him to play with the best European Baroque ensembles, including the Chapelle Royale in Paris, the Collegium Vocale in Ghent (Philippe Herreweghe), Hesperion XX (Jordi Saval), Les Sacqueboutiers and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoge (Christophe Coin). He holds the "Ahrend" organ of the Musée des Augustins and of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Daurade in Toulouse. On the occasion of the 1997 Toulouse des Orgues Festival, he recorded the complete organ works of Bruhns for the Tempéraments label, completed with the cantatas by the same composer interpreted by the Parlament de Musique under the direction of Martin Gester. In 1998 he recorded the work of Cabanilles on the historic organ of the church of San Pablo in Zaragoza (April, 2011)

 July, 23rd 2023 

FINAL CONCERT - students of the Masterclass with Francesco Dillon 


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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