Keyboard Charitable Trust Recital Series

  • Theatre House

    664 Castleton View Road
    Castleton, Virginia 22716
Ticket Price $20.00-$45.00 This event is now over

Celebrating its 32nd Anniversary, the Keyboard Trust identifies today’s most promising young keyboard talent and enables them to perform in many of the most important music centres in Europe and the Americas. 

The Castleton Festival welcomes Italian pianist, Giovanni Bertolazzi, to its 2023-24 season, as it continues its partnership with the Keyboard Charitable Trust Foundation.

A recipient of more than forty prizes, Bertolazzi, in 2021, won Second Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest, along with five special awards. Other prizes include First Prize at the Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition in Ochsenhausen (2017), First Prize at the Sigismund Thalberg International Piano Competition in Naples (2018) and Fourth Prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2019). In 2019, he received the Alkan Award for Piano Virtuosity in Milan; and in 2022, he was awarded the ‘Tabor Foundation Award’ by the Verbier Festival Academy.

Bertolazzi’s courageous program begins with the distinctive grandiose of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Sonata and Liszt’s gripping narrative, based on Victor Hugo’s Après une lecture de Dante, with all the Inferno’s dangers imaginatively curated by Liszt’s virtuosic language at keyboard. Bertolazzi continues with a series of four, well-loved Liszt pieces that will reel the listener through rousing dances, tragic fate, and rapturous love.



After careful consideration, we changed our policy in February, 2023 and no longer require proof of vaccine or masks. However, mask-wearing is always welcome and respectfully encouraged, especially for those who are not vaccinated. If you don't feel well on the day of the performance, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss a refund or voucher for future performances.

Venue Details

Theatre House

664 Castleton View Road
Castleton, Virginia 22716 Theatre House
Castleton Festival

Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County.

Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken coop for 15,000 hens converted to a “mini-Globe” European-style theatre with one of the finest acoustics in the world.  

There are four primary themes to Castleton’s present activities:

  • Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s Legacy, his home, his music library, and his composing studio, together with performing in the Theatre House and experiencing the bucolic surroundings, imbues the artists with inspiration. Residencies to date have exceeded all expectations culminating in numerous recordings, some available via streaming on Castleton’s website.
  • Castleton in Mentorship (CiM): Artists in Residence are encouraged to make time available to teach Master Classes to high potential students from the local community. The Artists are also invited to bring their own students to participate in the unique experience. 
  • Castleton in Conversation (CiC): In collaboration with Daniel Lelchuk’s Talking Beats podcast, Castleton offers a new series which engages an extraordinary diversity of guests such as writers, musicians, scientists, entertainers, and thinkers in captivating and spirited dialogue. The common link between all is a passion for music.
  • Castleton in Performance (CiP), a year-round series, offers a multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, chamber opera, and dance, brings internationally acclaimed artists into our own backyard. Eminent performers have included Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Pepe Romero, Alec Baldwin, and Claire Bloom. 

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