First person

First person

Pianist 103
August-September 2018

Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky and competitions reconsidered by Federico Colli

Federico Colli 
Having recorded a debut album of Scarlatti for Chandos Records, the former Leeds winner talks to Peter Quantrill about life after competitions

"We all need freedom, and we musicians can only become free after gaining deep consciousness of what we are playing. After studying Scarlatti, spending eight hours in a day in front of a trill or a melody, trying to play it in ten, twenty a hundred different ways - after that we can be free.
If art is eternal and if humans are not eternal, we need to remain in a relationship with something that makes art eternal."