16.01.2014 by Catherine Jones



The slightly-built Italian, whose trademark appears to be a mop of curly hair and a neatly-tied cravat, has an impeccable pedigree having carried off first prize at both Salzburg in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012.

And he’s a prodigious young talent, making effortless work of Beethoven’s masterful but technically demanding ‘Emperor’ piano concerto.

Visually, the cravat is the most flamboyant thing about him – his playing style is composed, with all his internal energy being channelled through long, elegant fingers and into a fluidly graceful, but technically impeccable, performance.

The flourish of the opening movement was impressive, but the central Allegro, with its gossamer soft piano and delicate accompaniment by the Phil – including Fiona Fulton’s delightful flute playing – was a thing of beauty.

Federico Colli gave another display of understated virtuosity in a Scarlatti sonata encore.