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.
One of the most prolific and intriguing recitalists, Federico showcased his mastery in some of the world’s most famous halls such as Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, London Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Prague Rudolfinum, Paris Philharmonie, Rome Auditorium Parco della Musica, Tokyo Nikkei Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Seoul Kumho Art Hall, New York Lincoln Centre and Chicago Bennet Gordon Hall. He has appeared in festivals such as Klavier Festival Ruhr in Dortmund, Dvorak International Festival in Prague, Chopin and his Europe International Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, and Ravinia Festival in Chicago.Read more
Federico’s concerts in 21/22 season include Grieg Piano Concerto and Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bartok Piano Concerto no. 3 with Orchestra di Padova e del Vento, Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4 with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Sichuan Orchestra of China. Recital appearances this season include the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Stockholm Konzerthuset, Vienna Ehrbar Saal for the Bechstein Piano Series, Leeds Town Hall, a recital tour in North America (San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Gilmore Rising Stars Series and Vancouver Chopin Society), and a duo recital with violinist Josef Špaček at the Prague Rudolfinum.
In addition to live performances, Federico maintains busy recording schedule. His future releases projects on Chandos include a Russian project focused on Shostakovich and Prokofiev, as well as spread over five years a multi album Mozart project with solo and chamber music repertory. Out of his love for the music of Mozart, during the pandemic Federico created an educational series of short videos for his YouTube channel designed to re-discover Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor, K475 and place Mozart’s musical ideas in a historical and cultural context. Inspired by the mystery surrounding the genesis of the piece, Federico created an invigorating story based on his deep-dive research into Mozart’s biographies, letters and XVIII century history and culture.
Born in Brescia in 1988, he has been studying at the Milan Conservatory, Imola International Piano Academy and Salzburg Mozarteum, under the guidance of Sergio Marengoni, Konstantin Bogino, Boris Petrushansky and Pavel Gililov.
“We seem to be listening to music unravelling and Colli’s delicacy at such points is miraculous.”
“Federico Colli…charms the audience with a new sound, brilliant and full of passion. His touch, light and lively, always emerges from the rich orchestra and it grows naturally in all the hall.
The phrasing, captivating and passionate, has its climax in the big original Cadenza of the first movement where the lines of the piano sound like an improvised toccata thanks to the apparent freedom of play.”
“It is always precious to hear this pianist perform live with his unique “perlage” of sound. Yes, “perlage”. The sound of the piano becomes like a pearl necklace. (…) Colli’s interpretation of Beethoven 4 was deep in the lightness. And in his touch: that very first G major chord, an incredible deep but transparent sound under his hands, was a poetry which he let fade in the air for a moment. Then the pearl necklace spreads out, but there is no danger of aestheticism because Federico is intelligent and awake and the result is actually a musical drama, in thousands inner voices in the interrupted dialogue between piano and orchestra”
“There’s no doubt that Federico Colli is one of the more original thinkers of his generation.”
“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.”
“His captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic.”
““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)