INSTRUMENTALIST - PIANO
“Beautiful pianism with wonderful tone; very sensitive to nuances, voicing and atmosphere; intelligent, energetic and never heavy-handed.” The Independent
Italian pianist Federico Colli is internationally recognised for his intelligent, imaginative interpretations and impeccable technique, praised for his ‘crystalline brilliance and translucence that takes you to the heart of everything he plays’ (Gramophone).
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, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Chamber, Camerata Salzburg, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Polish Radio National Symphony, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Orchestra della
Toscana, 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, Teatro 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, Alpesh Chauhan, 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.
Federico records exclusively for Chandos Records, with whom he will release his first disc in May 2018 of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. This will be followed by a disc of Bach and Bach-Busoni. To coincide with his debut at the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series in April 2014, Federico’s 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 ripplings and flutterings’.
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, Southbank Centre International Piano Series, Southampton Turner Sims, LSO St Luke’s, Società dei Concerti in Milan, Ferrara Musica, and Musica Insieme Bologna; with festival appearances at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival, 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 Leonidas Kavakos.
Highlights in 2017/18 include his debuts at the Royal Albert Hall performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 and at Cadogan Hall, London performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, both with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Other season highlights include concerto performances with the Janáček Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the Lodz Philharmonic, and recitals at Lucerne Piano Festival, Turner Sims Southampton, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, and Fazioli Concert Hall. Further ahead, Federico makes his US debut and 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.