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234th Season

Federico Colli


"If anyone had arrived at the concert wondering why Federico Colli had won the Salzburg Mozart Competition and the Gold Medal at The Leeds, their wondering would have turned to just plain wonder after only a few bars of hearing him play." 

(W. Ruff, Nottingham Post).

   Highlights in 2018 include concerts with the Janáčkova Filharmonie Ostrava under K. Zehnder (Liszt no. 1), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G. Verdi under J. Neschling (Mozart K491) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under A. Buribayev (London Cadogan Hall, Rachmaninov no. 2). Then, solo recitals are held for the Lucerne Piano Festival and at the Wigmore Hall in London. In addition, a CD dedicated to Bach and Bach-Busoni will be recorded with CHANDOS Records, one of the world's premier Classical Music Record Companies.
   After the First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the winning with Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, he held prestigious concerts with the London Philharmonia Orchestra under A. Chauhan, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under H. Beissel (Konzerthaus in Berlin, Herkulessaal in Munich, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, NDR Landesfunkhaus in Hannover, Beethovenhalle in Bonn) and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Y. Temirkanov (Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, Auditorium Lingotto in Turin), at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under J. Hattori, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the South Netherlands Philharmonic under E. Spanjaard, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under J. Valcuha, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg with the Mariinsky Orchestra under V. Gergiev, Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under A. Nethsingha and Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under J. Kaspszyk. The debut at the Barbican Hall in London, playing Rachmaninov no. 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under S. Oramo, was particularly appreciated. "Played with formidable delicacy by Federico Colli with limpid tone and calligraphic phrasing, it’s a Valentino kiss this work. Cool, a little sad, unhurried, elegant. But Federico Colli takes care to seduce before sweeping the listener off his or her feet." (A. Picard, The Times).
   He has also had a great success of audience and critics at the Musikverein in Vienna, Nikkei Hall, Bunka Kaikan Hall and Musashino Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Salle Cortot in Paris, Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, City Hall Concert Hall in Hong Kong, Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Teatro Sociedad Filarmonica in Bilbao. To coincide with his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, a solo CD produced by Champs Hill Records has been submitted, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky. "Federico Colli's captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic." (J. Haylock, BBC Music Magazine).
   Highly acclaimed have been his performances at the Cidade Das Artes and Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra under N. Thomson, Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM under P. C. Orizio, Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under V. Petrenko, National Concert Hall in Dublin with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra under A. Buribayev, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona with the Orchestra dell’Arena under F. Ferri and Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and Usher Hall in Edinburgh with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under T. Søndergård. "His playing was consistently detached, but never mechanical and he was phenomenal with his clarity of playing." (M. Tumelty, The Herald).
   Other concerts include performances at the Teatro Grande in Brescia and Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo with the Filarmonica del Festival Pianistico Internazionale under U. Benedetti Michelangeli, Lysenko Hall in Kiev with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine under R. Kofman, Teatro Verdi in Florence with the Orchestra della Toscana under S. Kochanovsky and A. Pérez, Toscanini Auditorium in Turin with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI under F. M. Bressan, Teatro Dal Verme in Milan with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali under A. Cadario and Town Hall in Leeds with the Orchestra of Opera North under K. Bakels. "Entirely individual, Federico Colli nonetheless takes you back to the far-off days of Lupu and Perahia. I can celebrate a crystalline brilliance and translucence that takes you to the heart of everything he plays." (B. Morrison, Gramophone).
   He shared the stage with M. Argerich, V. Ashkenazy, N. Freire, L. Kavakos and L. Lang, also appearing as cover star on the magazines Suonare News and Pianist. Born in Brescia in 1988, he has been studying at the Milan Conservatory, Imola International Piano Academy and Salzburg Mozarteum under the guidance of S. Marengoni, K. Bogino, B. Petrushansky and P. Gililov. He was awarded with the "Grosso d'argento" for having given international prestige to his hometown.

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