Piano Recital – Beatrice Rana
Saturday 20 January 2018, 8.30 p.m.
At age 18, she won First Prize at the prestigious Montreal International Competition; at age 20, she won the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The muses of talent and grace are clearly no strangers to Beatrice Rana!
Since this series of awards, the Italian pianist has continued on the well worn path of international stages. She does so, however, on her own terms, by introducing the public to works that are dear to the artist, such as those of Ravel, including Miroirs, which he finished in 1906, often compared to Impressionism for the common themes and lustrous colours; and those of Schumann, including The Symphonic Studies, composed in 1834 by the musician at the height of his art, demonstrating his passion for new possibilities in technique for piano and offering Beatrice Rana the opportunity to showcase her remarkable virtuosity.
The Symphonic Studies op.13
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Igor Stravinsky / Guido Agosti
At the start of what will surely be a magnificent career, Beatrice Rana is making waves on the international classical music scene with her astounding maturity and thoughtful musical personality.
In June 2013, 20-year-old Beatrice Rana was the Silver Winner and the Audience Award Winner of the Van Cliburn Competition in the United States, which propelled her to greater heights. She was already known to international audiences from her prize-winning performance at the Montreal International Musical Competition, where she won Grand Prize and all the special prizes.
Beatrice Rana performs regularly at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals including Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, the Verbier Festival, Ferrara Musica, Festival de la Roque-d’Anthéron, Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, Les Rencontres musicales d’Evian, the Lugano Festival, La Scala in Milan, Prinzregententheater, Munich Philharmonic and Herkulessaal, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
She collaborates with some of the world’s foremost conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fabio Luisi, Gianandrea Noseda, Zubin Mehta, Osmo Vänskä, Fabien Gabel, Lahav Shani, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Susanna Mälkki, Leonard Slatkin, Roger Norrington, James Conlon, Emmanuel Krivine, Yuri Temirkanov, Jun Märkl, Trevor Pinnock, Mirga Graþinytë-Tyla, Yutaka Sado; and with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, National Orchestra of France, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, La Scala, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna.
The 2017/2018 season marks her recital debut in the main hall of Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the Piano Masters series. She will reunite with the Kölner Philharmonie, performing at prestigious venues such as the Munich Philharmonic, will play for the first time with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of France. During summer 2017, she will reunite with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, will play for the first time at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.
In 2017, Beatrice released on the Warner Classics label her magnificent interpretation of The Goldberg Variations, which she played on the greatest stages of the world (Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Konzerthaus Berlin, Toppan Hall in Tokyo, Casa da Musica in Porto, Santa Cecilia Hall, Flagey, Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence).
In November 2015 her first album with Warner Classics devoted to Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, accompanied by Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, directed by Antonio Pappano, won accolades, including Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice, BBC Magazine’s Recording of the Month. The Times then compared her to Martha Argerich for ‘this combination of assertive expression, dazzling clarity and mischief’. The Guardian wrote that ‘her playing has all the sustained force and perfectly weighted brilliance you could want, but has a glint in its eye’. This album earned her the distinction of Newcomer of the Year during the 2016 BBC Music Awards.
Born in Southern Italy to a musical family, Beatrice began studying the piano at the age of four and became the student of Benedetto Lupo at the Nino Rota Conservatory, receiving her degree early at the age of 16. Beatrice then studied at the Hochschule Hannover with Arie Vardi and continues to study at Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome with Benedetto Lupo.
© Nicolas Bets