The University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana is happy to welcome the winners of the Piano Teaching Competition to its team:
Federico Colli, winner of first prize and the special prize "Madame Fukuda" at the Mozart International Piano Competition in Salzburg in 2011 and first prize with Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. He has performed all over the world, on prestigious stages, with renowned orchestras and conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valčuha, Fabio Luisi, Ion Marin, Thomas Søndergård, Ed Spanjaard, Vasily Petrenko, Jasper Kaspszyk, Sir Mark Elder, Dennis Russel Davies, Sakari Oramo, Clemens Schuldt, Case Scaglione, Alan Burybaiev, Riccardo Frizza.
He is regularly invited to give masterclasses at prestigious schools and academies around the world.
Roberto Plano, currently a permanent associate professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, has extensive teaching experience, having taught at other prestigious institutions such as Boston University. Winner of first prizes in a number of internationally renowned competitions including first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2001, winner of the American Prize in 2018, finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, and graduate of the Honens Competition in 2003. He has performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues, also appearing as soloist with leading orchestras and great conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Pinchas Zuckerman.
It has been an exciting and interesting competition that has seen the participation of candidates of an exceptional artistic and educational level. A trend that has been going on for several years now, making our School increasingly attractive on a national and international level.
We wholeheartedly wish them an excellent start with our School and future colleagues.