Federico Colli to make Royal Albert Hall debut

13 September 2017

Federico Colli will make his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Nethsingha on Saturday 23 September, performing Beethoven's ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No. 5. More information about the concert can be found here.

Colli gave an outstanding performance of the same concerto in the final round of The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012 with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder; a performance that earned him the Gold Medal as well as the praise from the critics: 

“Colli, flamboyant in a scarlet cravat and cummerbund, aspired to high drama, launching the concerto with a thrilling majesty that never let up, even in the slow movement where his playing was remarkable in its lyrical beauty.” - Tim Ashley, The Guardian

“Seriously beautiful pianism with wonderful tone; very sensitive to nuances, voicing and atmosphere; intelligent, energetic and never heavy-handed: the sort of playing, indeed, that you don't really associate with the final of a piano competition.” - Jessica Duchen, The Independent  

"He's a superb pianist, totally amazing. He was fresh, he completely reinvented the Emperor.” - Kathryn Stott, BBC Radio 3 

“His exuberant, sharp-witted traversal of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.”- Graham Rickson, TheArtsDesk.com 

Please watch an excerpt of Colli playing the finale of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 in the final of The Leeds Competition here. 

His debut at the Royal Albert Hall opens an exciting 17/18 season, with other highlights including a second appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 conducted by Alan Buribayev at Cadogan Hall, London; further concerto performances with the Janáček Philharmonic (Liszt 1), Łódź Philharmonic (Beethoven 3 & 5), Brescia and Bergamo International Piano Festival Orchestra (Tchaikovsky 1), La Verdi (Mozart K491), and the Orchestra Leonore (Beethoven 5); and recitals at Turner Sims Southampton, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham and Fazioli Concert Hall. In May 2018, Federico will release his first album for Chandos, a disc of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.

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