Born in Brescia in 1988, Federico Colli studied at the Milan Conservatory, the Imola International Piano Academy and the Salzburg Mozarteum under Sergio Marengoni, Konstantin Bogino, Boris Petrushansky and Pavel Gililov. In 2011 he received the Grosso d’Argento medal from the mayor of his native town in recognition of his artistic achievements, and in 2014 he was selected by International Piano magazine as one of thirty pianists under thirty who are likely to dominate the world stage in years to come.
Federico first came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition the following year. Since then, he has been performing with great orchestras (Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Torino, Orchestra della Toscana, Camerata Salzburg, Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra) at prestigious venues in Vienna (Konzerthaus and Musikverein), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Munich (Herkulessaal), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Paris (Salle Cortot), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica), Prague (Rudolfinum), Tokyo (Nikkei Hall), London (Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall), Glasgow (Royal Concert Hall) and Edinburgh (Usher Hall) under such noted directors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alan Buribayev, Alpesh Chauhan, Sir Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Joji Hattori, Jasper Kaspszyk, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Dennis Russell Davies, Thomas Søndergård, Yuri Temirkanov and Juraj Valčuha.
Federico’s performances were broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Mariinsky TV, ORF Austria, Polskie Radio and RAI Radio/TV. The critics highly praised his CDs with works by Bach, Bach/Busoni, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky. Federico Colli is to perform at the Konzerthaus in Berlin in 2020 as part of the C. Bechstein concert series.
© photographs: Thomas Woland, Sarah Ferrara, Nicola Malnato