Federico Colli

Piano

Biography

Praised by The Daily Telegraph for “his beautifully light touch and lyrical grace” and called by Gramophone “one of the more original thinkers of his generation”, Federico Colli has been rapidly gaining worldwide recognition for his compelling, unconventional interpretations and clarity of sound. The remarkable originality and highly imaginative, philosophical approach to music-making have distinguished Federico’s performances and recordings as miraculous and multidimensional. Federico’s first release of Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, recorded on Chandos Records for whom he is an exclusive recording artist, was awarded “Recording of the Year” by Presto Classical. The second volume of Scarlatti’s Sonatas was named “Recording of the Month” by both BBC Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine and it has been chosen by BBC Music Magazine as one of the best classical albums released in 2020.  

Following his early successes including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, the International Piano magazine selected him as one of the ‘30 pianists under 30 who are likely to dominate the world stage in years to come’. Henceforth, Federico went on to perform with renowned orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra and St Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. He has also worked with esteemed conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valčuha, Ion Marin, Thomas Søndergård, Ed Spanjaard, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Mark Elder, Dennis Russel Davies and Sakari Oramo.

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Reviews

“We seem to be listening to music unravelling and Colli’s delicacy at such points is miraculous.”

Geoff Brown

The Times

“Whatever he plays, whatever he does, Colli compels attention. (…) Indeed, I’d place this D major Partita as the album’s real transcendent experience. It’s here that the clarity of Colli’s fingerwork brings the most benefit, along with his engineering skills. Every movement is carefully weighted to form part of a whole, from the grandiose flourishes opening the Overture to the three-minute sprint of the final Gigue. On this album, you get three dimensions, sometimes more.”

Geoff Brown

The Times

“There’s no doubt that Federico Colli is one of the more original thinkers of his generation.”

Harriet Smith

Gramophone

“His captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic.”

BBC Music Magazine

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““His beautifully light touch and lyrical grace make the music shine.” (The Telegraph)

“His captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“We seem to be listening to music unravelling and Colli’s delicacy at such points is miraculous.” (The Times)

“It’s a monumentally well-paced performance that grips from each moment to the next.” (The Guardian)

“Whatever he plays, whatever he does, Colli compels attention. (…) Indeed, I’d place this D major Partita as the album’s real transcendent experience. It’s here that the clarity of Colli’s fingerwork brings the most benefit, along with his engineering skills. Every movement is carefully weighted to form part of a whole, from the grandiose flourishes opening the Overture to the three-minute sprint of the final Gigue. On this album, you get three dimensions, sometimes more.” (Geoff Brown, The Times)

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