The infamous Leeds International Piano Competition launched the careers of Radu Lupu and Andras Schiff. This year, 24 year old Italian pianist, Federico Colli wins the prize together with a prize fund of £18,000 prize money (nearly $30,000 USD). Enough to buy a nice Yamaha Grand Piano, but not quite a Steinway. He performed ‘masterly‘Beethoven’s Emperor concerto for the final, which sealed the prize. No stranger to winning international competitions as you’ll see in the video below!
Watch Federico Colli perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto #27 (3rd Movement) at the Mozart International Piano Competition in Salzburg, 2011 (which he also won!)
Federico studies with some eminent Piano Professors, one of which is
Boris Petrushansky, a disciple of the famous Pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus (who taught Richter) who wrote The Art of Piano Playing. His other teacher is RussianKonstatin Bogino, winner of the 1979 International Munich Contest.
Also not to be missed, watch Federico perform the ‘monumental’ Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto.
(Via The Piano Sage.)