First horn

Josè Vicente Castello

“What we felt when we played together is still burning and it cannot be stopped!”

Josè Vicente Castello - First horn

He started playing the horn, as it was very usual in the region where he comes from in Spain. He was part of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the joined the Orchestra Mozart; he remembers very well the first rehearsal with Claudio Abbado; they were really excited to play all together in a new formation, bubbling with youth and love for music. Josè is amazed by the incredible evolution OM did in just 10 years - from something completely new and unknown to international tours and celebrated recordings with a high and ever growing level of quality. He therefore feels that the Orchestra is ready to play again in the whole world as the musicians have the capacities to do it. 


Born in Alicante,  Jose-Vicente Castelló is one of the leading horn players in Spain. He was a student of Prof. Radovan Vlatković at the School of Music "Reina Sofia" in Madrid where Her Majesty Queen Sofia awarded him the “Most Outstanding Student Prize” in the years 2002 and 2003. Parallel to his musical studies, he studied Hispanic Philology at the University of Alicante. 

He has received several international prizes and awards, including the "Barenreiter Urtext Prize" awarded to him in 2005 at the International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich and "Honorable Mention" in 2007 in the International Music Competition "Prague Spring".

He is the Principal Horn of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and before he was principal horn of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Spain).

He collaborates frequently as well as principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Concergebouw Orkest, Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonia, RPO and LPO, (London), NDR Hamburg, and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, playing with great conducters as M. Jansons, P. Boulez, D. Baremboim, L. Maazel, D. Gatti, E.-P. Salonen, V. Jurowsky, A. Nelsons, T. Sukhiev, M. Janowski, H. Holliger, N. Marriner, J.E. Gardiner, J. Lopez-Cobos,...

Since 2004 he is member of the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna (Italy), directed by Claudio Abbado and formed by leading european musicians and furthermore he plays at  the Lucerne Festival Orchestra of Switzerland.

In the field of chamber music, he has played with such renowned musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, B. Canino, R. Vlatković, K. Tunemann, H. Schellenberger, Jacques Zoon, Jaime Martin, Paul Meyer, Kim Kashkasian, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Emerson String Quartets. He has been participant of prestigious Chamber Music Festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival (USA), Festival de Mégeve (France), Festival de Santander (Spain), Edimburg Festival (UK), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany)... and is the artistic director of the festival "Musics en Residencia" in Alella (Barcelona) since 2010.

Currently is Horn Professor in the Catalonian High School of Music "ESMUC", in Barcelona.

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