Robert Castelli

Robert Castelli

Instrument: Drums | Location: Barcelona

An unqualified, unimpeded parade of joyous song & motion!
—T. Bruce Wittet

Updated: September 13, 2021

Born: April 7

Born into a family of drummers (a grandfather, two uncles & his father), Robert learned the basics from his father, who, along with his Uncle, were lifetime members of the NYC Musicians Union, AFM Local 802.

By high school, having started private lessons as well as classes in music theory, he was playing professionally all over the NY/Tri-State area. He went on to study Theory & Composition, Piano, Guitar, Orchestra Percussion & Drums at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, State University of NY at New Paltz, and Drummers Collective NYC. Over the years he has studied with some of the most well known drummers in New York & the world including, Ed Soph, Gary Chester, Kim Plainfield, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Robbie Gonzalez, Robbie Ameen, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, and Joe Ascione.

After several years in Austria, Robert now lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he continues to play and record with well known & up & coming artists in just about every style (Pop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, World, Musical Theater, etc.) from small clubs to small stadiums.

His playing as a sideman has been written about in The NY Times online, Cadence Magazine, Jazz Halo Belgium, and Drums & Percussion Germany. His 3 Boom releases have received critical acclaim from some of the most widely read magazines and websites in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe.

Robert is also an accomplished guitar player

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New Reviews ”you feel carried away into the world of Afro-Cuban music, West African rhythms, jazz rock of the 70s and 80s with rhythm par excellence. It is your own fault if you do not move with such a rhythmic design!” Ferdinand Dupius-Panther, Jazz Halo, Dec 2020”

As a drummer, Castelli is dominant while ironically not appearing to dominate the tunes. His drumming fades in and out, and when he comes out from the shadows, you realize you’re listening to a guy who is in the same league as Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, and Art Blakey.”  - George R Glasser, J

“The drummer’s undoubted ‘way with a groove’ helps to push the soloists to new heights on a set of compositions that stir other elements, notably from Africa and Brazil, into the broadly fusion-esque style

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I have been teaching drums & guitar since I was 20 yrs old. From 2014-2016 I taught drums, guitar and Music Theory in the Vienna School System in Vienna, Austria. I also taught drums & Orchestra Percussion at The American International School, Vienna, Austria. I am available for in-person & online lessons. Please contact me for rates, packages, clinics and Masterclasses here: [email protected]

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guitar, electric



From: Party at One World Plaza
By Robert Castelli