15 - 21 LUGLIO 2024 - Castello di Brunnenburg, Tirolo (Merano)

Also this year the CastelCello Festival offers the precious opportunity to take part, from 15 to 21 July, in a cello masterclass held by Francesco Dillon. The masterclass serves to perfect instrumental technique, to deepen the principals of interpretation and ensemble music  and is open to cellists without age limits. The course takes place during the CastelCello Festival (15 - 21 July), an event entirely dedicated to the cello which allows students to attend free of charge at the scheduled concerts. For course participants there are planned meetings and debates with the festival's guest musicians. The cellists of the 2024 edition are Francois Salque, who is recognised as one of the most stunning cellists of his generation., Emmanuelle Bertrand, a French cellist whom Henri Dutilleux defines as "a true revelation and the world famous cellist Enrico Dindo.
On the morning of July 21, at the end of the festival, the concert of the participants of the masterclass will take place. In this occasion, Francesco Dillon will play the work commissioned by CastelCello to Charles Kwong in world premiere. Students are hosted in the magnificent Brunnenburg frame for the entire duration of the course. Included in the course cost is a professional photographic documentation with individual portraits of the participants of the masterclass, which can be used for their concert activity. To participate, the candidates should, by June 13 2024, send their cv and a high quality audio/video, including a movement from a Bach suite and a piece of their choice. Registration fee and participation (including accommodation - bed and breakfast): € 650 (350 for the course, 300 for 6 nights in a single room and breakfast/lunch).

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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.