ABOUT ME/ biography

The British magazine International Piano has selected Federico Colli as one of the 30 pianists under 30 who are likely to dominate the world stage in years to come.

2017 opens at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali under A. Cadario (Saint-Saëns no. 2). Then, performances in Florence (Teatro della Pergola), Naples (Palazzo Reale), Israel for the Eilat Chamber Music Festival and Poland for the Chopin Piano Festival and Rubinstein Piano Festival. Highlight in the year is a concert in London at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under A. Nethsingha (Beethoven no. 5). In addition, a CD entirely dedicated to Scarlatti will be made 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 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 the 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, Toscanini Auditorium in Turin with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI under F. M. Bressan 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 studied at the Milan Conservatory, Imola International Piano Academy and Salzburg Mozarteum under the guidance of S. Marengoni, K. Bogino, B. Petrushansky and P. Gililov.

"Columbia Artists Music LLC is proud to announce representation of Federico Colli. The winner of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition is increasingly 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)."


MANAGER: Elisa Patria- TERRITORY: North America, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain

"Chandos are thrilled to have Federico Colli join our roster of exclusive artists. Renowned for his expressive clarity of playing, we are very excited with what he can bring to our first recording project, the music of Scarlatti. Followed very quickly by Bach and all tied to worldwide concerts, we look forward to a fruitful collaboration."

(Ralph Couzens, Managing Director of Chandos Records)


/POTTON HALL RECORDING STUDIO, ENGLAND/ 1st-3rd July 2017/ Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): 16 Sonatas/