Photography by Sarah Heldt
Albert Castillo is a catalan trumpet soloist, chamber musician and teacher based in Munich, Germany.
Ongoing 2018-19 projects include Trio Nausicaa chamber concertos series with Stravinsky Histoire du Soldat Trio und Trios by Milhaud, Stephenson, Debussy and recitals with taiwanese pianist Chiung-Hsu performing lyrical music by Grieg, Falla, Rachmaninov, sonatas by Hansen, Ewazen, Brahms and a cultural exchange concert with works by catalan and taiwanese composers.
As soloist, he has performed trumpet concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian, Neruda, Händel and Françaix in Munich. In Catalonia he also performed baroque music for trumpet and voice by Bach and Handel with soprano Íngrid Ustrell, and contemporary music with Ensemble Morpheus. He has been collaborating regularly with Munich organists and pianists.
Twice yearly he plays the Munich Handel Messiah Open Sing. He has also often performed first trumpet on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
From 2013 to 2015 Albert Castillo was principal trumpet in the Carl Orff Festival Orchestra in Andechs, with conductor Christian von Gehren. Besides he has collaborated with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Wind Orchestra, State Orchestra Vidin, Camerata München and Camerata Andechs; with conductors as Josep Pons, Salvador Brotons, Andreas Heinzmann and Lawrence Foster.
He has been trumpet and music theory instructor in various catalan music schools and conservatories, and conductor of the music school orchestras in Sant-Quirze-del-Vallés and of the Badalona symphony wind ensemble.
In other music styles, he was principal cornet of the Brass Band München, he played in spanish army wind ensembles and he has performed and recorded sardanes, catalan folk music, with the ensembles Cobla Marinada and Cobla Contemporània. He also played jazz music in Munich with the oTunes Big Band.
Albert Castillo began his trumpet studies and obtained a honor prize in the conservatory of his natal city Badalona, Catalonia. Afterwards he got degrees from the conservatory of Manresa and finalized his studies with the highest degree in the conservatory of the Liceu in Barcelona. His main teachers were Professor Albert García-Valero and Rodney Marsalis. Other instructors include Juanjo Serna, Hannes Läubin, Hans Gansch and Josef Bammer.
He likes cooking, reading, traveling, learning languages, running and the japanese martial art of aikido.