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Federico Colli wins Leeds International Piano Competition in its 50th anniversary year

PUBLISHED: 19:49 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:06 20 February 2013

Federico takes a well-earned bow after achieving his long-held dream of triumphing in Leeds

Federico takes a well-earned bow after achieving his long-held dream of triumphing in Leeds

Italian talent wins Leeds International Piano Competition in its 50th anniversary year

Musician Federico Colli has achieved a pitch perfect start to what looks like being a stellar career after winning the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition.

The 24-year-old Italian scooped the prestigious first prize of 18,000, donated by the Liz and Terry Bramall Charitable Trust; the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Gold Medal sponsored by Michael J Gee, Rowland J Gee and Nigel Gee of the Cecil Gee Charitable Trust and the Champs Hill Records Award, which means he can now record his debut solo CD at the Music Room, Champs Hill.

The finals, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, saw Colli give an outstanding performance of Beethovens 5th Piano Concerto at Leeds Town Hall with the Hall Orchestra directed by Sir Mark Elder. The other prize winners were Louis Schwizgebel, 24, from Switzerland (second prize); Jiayan Sun, 22, from China (third); Andrejs Osokins, 27, from Latvia (fourth); Andrew Tyson, 25, from the USA (fifth); and Jayson Gillham, 26, from Australia (sixth).

Dame Fanny Waterman, chairman and artistic director of the competition, now in its 50th year, said: The standard of this years competition was exceptionally high and the six prize winners were all truly remarkable, as we heard at the wonderful Gala Recital.

Federico Colli added: It has always been my dream to win the Leeds International Piano Competition and I am absolutely overjoyed at being the first prize winner of the 2012 competition.

This year saw the addition of a new orchestra prize, the Terence Judd Hall Orchestra Prize, in memory of a brilliant young pianist and who was a past pupil of Dame Fanny.

Members of the Hall and their music director Sir Mark Elder awarded the prize to Andrew Tyson, who will receive 5,000, at least three paid engagements with the Hall and the possibility of a recording on the Hall label.

It was a great honour for me to award, on behalf of the Hall and the Terence Judd Trust Fund, the first ever Terence Judd-Hall Orchestra award, said Sir Mark. We very much look forward to welcoming the talented young winner, Andrew Tyson, for three performances with the Hall Orchestra later this season.

Dame Fanny and celebrated Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who is the competitions new global ambassador, are currently being featured in a six-part BBC Four documentary about the Leeds International Piano Competition.

It is presented by Suzy Klein as part of the Piano Season on the BBC.
The documentaries air on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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