Federico Colli and La Scala String Quartet
The Italian pianist Federico Colli returns to Ostrava again (25th November 2019). This time he invited La Scala String Quartet, composed of players of the famous opera house. Together they will present Schumann’s most famous chamber work – Piano Quintet in S Major.
“His beautifully light touch and lyrical grace make the music shine.”(The Daily Telegraph).Federico Colli, well known for the highly imaginative and philosophical approaches to his interpretations, came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Since then, he has been performing at famous Theaters, with renowned Orchestras and esteemed Conductors in different parts of the world, always obtaining a great success from the audiences and critics. “There’s no doubt that Federico Colli is one of the more original thinkers of his generation.” (Gramophone).
La Scala String Quartet
The first formation of La Scala String Quartet dates back to 1953 when it´s lead members felt the need to follow the example of the world’s greatest orchestras to develop an important chamber music project. During the following decades, La Scala String Quartet was central in a number of important musical events and recordings. In 2001, after a pause of several years, four young musicians – prize-winners of international competitions and section leaders of the La Scala Orchestra – decided to give new life to this prestigious formation. By further developing their musical affinities, already well established within the orchestra, they elevated these to the maximum expression of chamber music typical of the string quartet.
Riccardo Muti wrote about the quartet: “The quartet stands out for its technical and musical excellence… it ensures the beauty of sound, and its performance of the cantabile parts proves that it is very familiar with opera, making listening to a joy and pleasure indeed.”