The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Italian pianist Federico Colli wins the 2012 Leeds International Competition, which has ties to Wisconsin this year. | September 18, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s official.

After two weeks of performances, the 2012 Britain-based Leeds International Piano Competition has a winner. He is the 24-year-old Italian pianist Federico Colli, who played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (below, in a photo by SWPIX) in the final round, as well as several solo recital and a chamber music performance, to win.

An American, Andrew Tyson, also won a prize for his concerto performance.

Since it started some 40 years ago, the prestigious Leeds Competition, which is held every three years, has launched the careers of such pianists as Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Radu Lupu, Lars Vogt, Alessio Bax and Louis Lortie among many other recognizable names.

Here are links to stories about the winner (below in a photo by BBC News):

http://www.classical-music.com/news/federico-colli-wins-2012-leeds-international-piano-competition

http://www.oregonlive.com/performance/index.ssf/2012/09/italian_pianist_federico_colli.html

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/leeds-international-piano-competition-2012-winner-announced

There are some local connections to this year’s competition. The panel of judges included pianist Robert McDonald (below top), who studied at Lawrence University in Appleton Wis., as well as at the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School. (He now reaches at both, and is also known as the longtime collaborator with violinist Midori.) And Harvard-based pianist-scholar Robert Levin (below bottom), who has perform often at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival was also on the panel of jurors.

Here is a link to the official website of the Leeds competition:

http://www.leedspiano.com

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