Sunday 16 September 2012

Italian pianist Colli takes the Leeds

Federico Colli, 2012 winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition
After a competition lasting two and a half weeks and a final split over two nights, Italian pianist Federico Colli has won the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition. His concerto choice for the final was Beethoven’s 5th in E flat, Op.73, the only concerto to be heard twice over the course of the two evenings. Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel took second place with his performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. UK readers can catch up with both performances on BBC iPlayer (Final 1; Final 2; for one week only) while the prize winners’ gala concert is broadcast on Radio 3 today at 2PM. BBC TV is doing an NBC and delaying the start of their coverage until next weekend, and continuing it over the next six weeks.  

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