'Beautiful pianism with wonderful tone; very sensitive to
nuances, voicing and atmosphere; intelligent, energetic and never heavy-handed’
‘...crystalline brilliance and translucence that takes you to t
he heart of everything he plays’
Pushkin House is proud to present a recital by Federico Colli, the winner of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition and the winner of the 2011 Salzburg Mozart Competition. Federico’s most recent and notable debuts include the Mariinsky Orche
stra/Valery Gergiev, Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Thomas Søndergård, Accademia di Santa Cecilia/ Juraj Valchua, BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sakari Oramo, Orchestra/
Alpesh Chauhan. Last October he returned to the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series where he gave an extremely well received recital with a programme of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, as well as Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. In the next few months he will make his debuts at the Seoul Arts Center (Suwon Philharmonic) and at the Royal Albert Hall (RPO); he will make his Wigmore Hall debut in 2018/19.
Scarlatti:Sonatas K197 in B minor, K69 in F minor, K208 in A major, K32 in D minor
'Aria’, K396 in D minor, K450 in G minor, K430 in D major, K1 in D minor
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Federico first came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Since then, he has been performing with orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI National Symphony, BBC Symphony Royal Scottish National, RTÉ National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Vienna Chamber, Camerata Salzburg, Polish Radio National Symphony, PhilharmonieZuidnederland, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira; at venues such as the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Beethovenhalle Bonn, NDR Landesfunkhaus in Hannover, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Dublin National Concert Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, Lingotto in Turin, Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw, Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Nikkei Hall, and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg.
Federico has worked with esteemed conductors including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Juraj Valčuha, Thomas Søndergård, Alan Buribayev, Joji Hattori, Jasper Kaspszyk, Ed Spanjaard, Roman Kofman, Sir Mark Elder, and Dennis Russel Davies.
Further afield he performed at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM under Pier Carlo Orizio; and he toured Japan giving performances at Nikkei Hall, Musashino Concert Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, and the Performing Arts Center in Hyogo.
To coincide with his debut at the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series in April 2014, his debut solo CD produced by Champs Hill Records was released to great critical acclaim, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky. BBC Music Magazine wrote of the disc‘ Colli’s captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic, propelled rather than merely embellished by mystical rippling and fluttering’.
Performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, he made his London concerto debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo, about which The Times wrote ‘played with formidable delicacy by Federico Colli, with limpid tone and calligraphic phrasing. Colli takes care to seduce before sweeping the listener off his or her feet’.
Recent recitals include Rio de Janeiro City of Arts, Sociedad Filarmonica of Bilbao, Southampton Turner Sims, LSO St Luke’s, Harrogate Spring Series, Società dei Concerti in Milan, Ferrara Musica, and Musica Insieme Bologna; with festival appearances at the Ruhr Piano Festival, MiTo Settembre Musica, Brescia and Bergamo International Piano Festival, Hong Kong Joy of Music, Dvorak Prague, and Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival.
Federico’s concerts have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, RAI radio and TV, Mariinsky TV, Polish Radio, and ORF Austria. In recent seasons, Federico Colli has had the honour to share the stage with renowned musicians such as Lang Lang, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and LeonidasKavakos.
Highlights in 2016/17 include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Alpesh Chauhan, performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2; with the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2; and at the Eilat Chamber MusicFestival. He returns to the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series for a solo recital. Further engagements in Italy include recitals in Rome, Florence, Naples, as well as concerto performances with the Orchestra della Toscana, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3. Further ahead, Federico makes his debut at Wigmore Hall, London.
In 2011, he received a ‘Grosso d’Argento’ from the mayor of his hometown Brescia, in recognition of his artistic achievements. In 2014, Federico was selected by International Piano magazine as one of the'30 pianists under 30 who are likely to dominate the world stage in years to come’.
Born in Brescia in 1988, he studied at the Milan Conservatory, the Imola International Piano Academy and the Salzburg Mozarteum under the guidance of Sergio Marengoni, Konstantin Bogino, Boris Petrushansky and Pavel Gililov.