Program 2024

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 17 to 21 July. On 21 July the final concert of the participants at the Master Class concludes the days dedicated to the cello. 

17.07.2024 - 8.30 pm - Brunnenburg: 


19.07.2024 - 8.30 pm - Brunnenburg:


20.07.2024 - 8.30 pm - Tyrol Castle: 

21.07.2024 - 11.00 am - Brunnenburg: 
FINAL CONCERT of the students of the Master Class held by Francesco Dillon
Composition commissioned to CHARLES KWONG (first performance)

Info & reservation


Reservations via mail: -


Concerts in Brunnenburg and in Tyrol Castle:  30 € / 20 €
Concert Masterclass: Free entry

Access and parking

From Meran to Dorf Tirol. 
There are parking spaces at the bus turning point next to the Pizzeria Weinstube, 
at the Hilpold Garage next to the school or opposite the Raiffeisenkasse. 15 minutes walk to the castle.


July, 17 2024 





soul jazz classical music improvisation


François Salque is recognised as one of the most stunning cellists of his generation. His profound musical thinking and phenomenal technique have earned him many prestigious awards: François is a prize-winner at such international competitions as Lausanne (Unanimous First Prize), Geneva (2nd Prize), ARD Munich, Tchaikovsky in Moscow... He was each time given the highest distinctions ever awarded to a French cellist in the histories of these competitions.

His outstanding talent was equally recognised in the United-States where he obtained a Master of Music degree at Yale University as well as no less than six First Prizes in international competitions. In France, he won the First Prize of the "Hommage to Paul Tortelier and Maurice Gendron" International Competition and the Pierre Fournier Prize.

François has already performed as a soloist and in chamber music in over fifty countries with some of the world’s most renowned artists (Jean-Claude Pennetier, Alexandre Tharaud, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Itamar Golan, Renaud Capuçon, Barry Douglas, Gil Shaham…) He has played as a soloist with such prestigious orchestras as the Münchner Rundfunk Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Moscow chamber orchestra, the Saint-Petersburg Camerata, the Baltica Chamber Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berner Philharmonic... as well as many French orchestras. François Salque was for five years a member of the Ysaye String Quartet with which he played over 400 concerts and recorded seven CDs.

His recordings for BMG RCA, Arion or Lyrinx with pianists Eric Le Sage and Alexandre Tharaud were highly acclaimed and received many awards.

François is currently teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU).


Vincent Peirani (born 24 April 1980, Nice) is an accordionist, clarinettist, French arranger and composer. Under the influence of his musician father, Peirani began studying accordion at the age of eleven. The following year he enters at the Nice Conservatory, where he began his classical training and study of the clarinet, which led him to win three prizes. Between 1994 and 1998 he won an important international classical accordion contest: the Klingenthal International Competition (Germany), CMA 4th Reinach (Switzerland), from Castelfidardo and the World Trophy in Cassino, afterwards of which he began to perform in numerous festivals throughout Europe, such as the Beyreuth, Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Stockholm and Trossingen. After studying classical music, Peirani dedicated himself mainly to contemporary jazz music and improvisation at the CNSMP department of the Paris Conservatory (where in 1996 had won the prize in classical accordion), but his interests musicals also range in the field of French songwriting, up to get to tango and Macedonian music. His talent was discovered thanks to the national Defense Jazz competition in 2003 (where he performed together with saxophonist Vincent Le Quang), he began alongside well-known jazz musicians such as Marcel Azzolla, Jean Paul Céléa, Denis Charolles, together with French songwriters and world music musicians and classical like Roberto Alagna, Le Cirque des Mirages, Mireille Delunsch, Kiko Ruiz, Laurent Korcia, Lansana Kouyaté, Art Mengo, André Minvielle, Quai n°5, François Salque, Sansévérino, Cheikh Tidiane Seck, Les Yeux Noirs. Parallel to all these activities, Peirani also carries out his own projects: the album da soloist L'ébruiteur, his duo together with Vincent Lê Quang, with whom in February 2009 he released Gunung Sebatu, another duo with François Salque, from which the album EST (2011), and his quintets: Living Being, electric rock (Émile Parisien, Yoan Serra, Tony Paeleman & Julien Herné) and Séjalan, pop-rock, in which he collaborates with the singer Franco-Indonesian Serena Fisseau.

July, 19 2024






FAURÉ Après un rêve - Elégie

GRIEG Sonate opus 36

BRAHMS Trois Chants d'amour (Lieder)

BRAHMS Sonate en mi mineur opus 38

Emmanuelle Bertrand

"Among the artists of her generation, Emmanuelle Bertrand is one of the cellists who impressed me the most. Her performance completely won me over with the transparency of her sound, her rhythmic rigour, her technical perfection and the verve of her playing. I have no hesitation in saying that she is a true revelation for me'.
Henri Dutilleux

Emmanuelle Bertrand, (born 5 November 1973 in Firminy, Loire), is a French cellist. Bertrand studied with Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller and received early support from Henri Dutilleux. Nicolas Bacri dedicated his Fourth Suite for solo cello op. 50 to her. In 2000, she premièred Luciano Berio's Chanson pour Pierre Boulez and her recordings as a soloist or together with pianist Pascal Amoyel have been honoured with the highest musical awards: Cannes Classical Prize, Diapason d'Or, Le Monde de la musique's 'Choc', etc. She also received the Victoire de la Musique Classique in 2002 and was awarded the title 'Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres'. Together with pianist Pascal Amoyel and director Jean Piat, she created the theatre concert 'Block 15' in 2005.

Pascal Amoyel

Pascal Amoyel is a French pianist, composer, author and actor, born on 2 January 1971 in Rozay-en-Brie (Seine-et-Marne). In 2010, he received the Grand Record Prize in Warsaw from the prestigious Chopin Society for his performance of Chopin's Nocturnes together with Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. His interpretation of Liszt's Funeral is a historical reference and his Liszt Poetic and Religious Harmonies were rated among the top 5 recordings of 2007 by the Arte channel. At the age of 10, when he began studying piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (Marc André's class), he was noticed by Georges Cziffra. He obtained First Prizes in Piano and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, graduated from the Menuhin and Cziffra Foundations, then won First Prize at the International Competition of Young Pianists in Paris. This was the beginning of an international career that led him to perform on the biggest stages: Philharmonie in Berlin, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Beaux-Arts Palace in Brussels, Cité de la Musique and Pleyel Hall in Paris, USA, Canada, Russia, China, Korea.

His recordings solo or with cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand have won the highest awards: Gramophone, Cannes Classical Awards, Télérama's ffff, Diapason d'Or of the Year, Music World's 'Choc', 10 of Classica, German critics' annual Grand Prix. Professor of piano and improvisation at the Conservatoire National - CRR in Rueil-Malmaison, Pascal Amoyel teaches at Sciences Po Paris and regularly gives masterclasses in France and abroad.

As a composer, Pascal Amoyel is a graduate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. He is the author of the cycle "Job, or God in turmoil" and "Letter to a beloved woman on the theme of death" (on poems by Jean-Pierre Siméon) and creates new forms of concert: his show "Block 15", or "Music in resistance" (directed by Jean Piat) was described as "a very pure and touching quest" by director Peter Brook and was adapted for France Télévisions. He wrote the only staging of "The Pianist with 50 Fingers" or "The Incredible Destiny of György Cziffra", "The Day I Met Franz Liszt" and "In Search of Beethoven" (directed by Christian Fromont), which were performed at the Avignon Festival and for several months at the Théâtre Le Ranelagh in Paris, as well as the family show "Une petite histoire de la grande musique".

As an actor, he has worked with Jean Piat, Francis Huster and Brigitte Fossey.

First Grand Prix 'Arts-Deux Magots', which rewards a musician with qualities of openness and generosity, Jean-Pierre Bloch de la Licra Prize for 'the relationship with human rights in his work', Gold Medal for the valorisation of the cultural heritage of the French Renaissance, he is the godfather of the association APTE, which gives music lessons to autistic children.

In 2007, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 July, 20 2024 

Enrico Dindo - Cello
Tyrol Castle 

Program to be defined

Enrico Dindo

Son of art, he began studying the cello at the age of six. He perfected his skills with Antonio Janigro and in 1997 won the first prize at the "ROSTROPOVICH" Competition in Paris.

From then on, he began an activity as soloist that led him to perform with the most prestigious orchestras in the world such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre Nationale de France, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Filarmonica della Scala (orchestra in which he was first cello from 1987 to 1999), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, the Toronto Symphony, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony, and alongside the most important conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Aldo Ceccato, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Yutaka Sado, Paavo Jarvj, Valery Gergev, Yuri Temirkanov, Riccardo Muti and Mstislav Rostropovich himself, who wrote about him: ". .. he is a cellist of extraordinary qualities, an accomplished artist and trained musician, possessing an exceptional sound that flows like a splendid Italian voice". Among the composers who have created music dedicated to him are Giulio Castagnoli (Concerto for cello and double orchestra), Carlo Boccadoro (L'Astrolabio del mare, for cello and piano and Asa Nisi Masa, for cello, 2 horns and strings), Carlo Galante (Luna in Acquario, for cello and 10 instruments), Roberto Molinelli (Twin Legends, for cello and strings, Crystalligence, for solo cello and Iconogramma, for cello and orchestra) and Jorge Bosso (Valentina! A Cello in Comics). Creator and permanent director of the Chamber Orchestra "I Solisti di Pavia", he is professor of cello at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, at the Pavia Cello Academy and at the summer courses of the T. Varga Academy in Sion. Since 2013 he has been Academician of Santa Cecilia, from 2014 to 2021 he was Music Director of the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb and from January 2022 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. Enrico Dindo has recorded for Decca and Chandos and plays a 1717 Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (ex Piatti) cello entrusted to him by the Pro Canale Foundation.

 July, 21 2024 

FINAL CONCERT - students of the Masterclass with Francesco Dillon 


The traditional concert by the students of the MASTERCLASS by Francesco Dillon for cello closes the festival. It offers the audience the opportunity to discover young Italian and international talents whose performances range from solo to ensemble. This year, as usual, CastelCello has commissioned a concert from the well-known composer CHARLES KWONG. FRANCESCO DILLON plays the
commissioned work in his premiere.

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Charles Kwong is a composer from Hong Kong. Approaching music as collective experiential situations, his creative output focuses on orchestral music, instrumental compositions for musicians across diverse musical cultures, site-specific music, and transdisciplinary works that depart from the paradigm of concert music.

Kwong’s music has been internationally featured in festivals such as Lucerne Forward, Ultraschall Berlin, Takefu, Ticino Musica, La Roque d'Anthéron, Marvão and IRCAM ManiFeste, among other professional presentations. In recent years he has been commissioned by Ensemble recherche, Lucerne Festival, Takefu International Music Festival, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME), and Hong Kong Arts Festival, among others. Other renowned groups and musicians who performed Kwong’s music include London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble of Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra UniMi, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Mario Caroli, Jeanne-Marie Conquer, Tadashi Tajima, Tosiya Suzuki, Colleen Lee, Edward Gardner, Yip Wing-sie, Christoph Poppen and Pierre-André Valade, among others.

Kwong has developed a long and fruitful collaboration with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2014. Their artistic bonding, which includes a two-season appointment of Kwong as the orchestra’s Artist Associate in 2020-2022, has resulted in multiple commissions that have been showcased locally and as well globally in the orchestra’s overseas tours. With his role in Contemporary Music Research for the orchestra since 2015, Kwong also has been contributing ideas to the orchestra’s planning in contemporary repertoire and commissioning.

In 2020-2022, Kwong was engaged by Ensemble recherche for the collaborative project “the new recherche” on the subject of gentrification, for which he wrote Migrating Tracks, performed in Berlin, Munich and Freiburg. For the 60th anniversary of the Hong Kong City Hall, in 2022 Kwong was commissioned the Lullabies - an orchestral piece written for the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner, who hailed the work as “wonderful, having a beautiful, light, airy quality, lots of fantasy and a real underlying wistful beauty which the orchestra have really enjoyed indulging in”. In 2016, in their first ever performance in Hong Kong in the ensemble's history, the intercontemporain performed Kwong’s sextet Lachrymae.

Kwong’s interest in site specificity and transdisciplinarity of music led him to leadership roles in several extensive productions in Hong Kong. He was the curator of HKNME’s Our Audible City (2018-2019) - a one-year-long project on the subjects of site-specific music, urban soundscape, sound collecting and sound maps - for which he wrote Atlas, a series of site-specific works tailored for six non-concert spaces in Hong Kong. His research in site-specificity of music subsequently led to the conception of Requiem (2020-2021) commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary, and Lifelike (2021), commissioned by HKNME for performances at the Hong Kong Botanical and Zoological Garden. In 2022 he was commissioned by the Lucerne Festival for Elsewhere, a site-specific composition to be performed at KKL Luzern Concert hall whose world premiere was reviewed by Luzernerzeitung as "enchanting the concert hall". For his research in site specificity, Kwong took artist residencies at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists' Studio in 2020.

Born in 1985 in Hong Kong, Kwong in his formative years studied music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and King’s College London, before earning his doctorate in compositions in 2013 from The University of York under the supervision of Thomas Simaku. His artistic development has benefited significantly through tutelages of Toshio Hosokawa, Francesco Filidei, Mauro Lanza and Oscar Bianchi, among others.