St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Federico Colli recital (piano)

XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival

Domenico Scarlatti
Eight sonatas

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

Modest Musorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition

Performed by Federico Colli (piano)

About the Concert

“You can’t but marvel at the sheer quality of his playing – his trills the epitome of crispness, his repeated notes sounding absurdly easy, while his command of dynamic extremes is second to none,” wrote English monthly magazine Grammophone about the release dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti’s 16 Piano Sonatas. “Colli’s delicacy… is miraculous,” echoed The Times in a 5-star review. “Roll on the next 16 sonatas, or the full remaining 539.”

Federico Colli first received critical acclaim ten years ago and has been on top of the music world ever since. Federico first came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Since then, he has been performing with world-renowned orchestras at various venues including the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and Munich’s Herkulessaal. Federico Colli’s concerts are broadcast by major TV and radio companies such as BBC UK, Italy’s RAI, and Austria’s ORF. The pianist plans to make his debut at the Lincoln Center in New York and the Wigmore Hall in London in the 2018/2019 season.

At the Mariinsky, Colli’s performance of sophisticatedly ingenious sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti will be followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Appassionata, a “work of unprecedented drama.” The latter is not only a test of technical brilliance, but also of music temperament and will. The concert will conclude with Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, which presents a wonderful opportunity for the pianist to prove he has impeccable technique and a distinct creative personality.
Alexander Treschenkov

Age category 6+

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