Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Beatrice Rana
BBT Fellowship 2016

Beatrice Rana - Biography

Beatrice Rana was supported by BBT between 2016 and 2021. For an up-to-date biography please visit

Beatrice Rana has shaken the international classical music world already and aroused admiration and interest from concert presenters, conductors, critics and audiences in many countries.

The year 2017 will remain as a milestone in her career with the release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Warner classics, praised by reviewers worldwide and crowned by major awards, including BBC Music Magazine‘s 2017 Newcomer of the Year.

Beatrice performs in the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals including Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw’s main hall, Carnegie Hall, Verbier Festival, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall.

She collaborates with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, and Vladimir Jurowski, and with orchestras like the London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, NHK Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks,

Between 2015 and 2017 Beatrice was part of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist Scheme and in 2016 she was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

In June 2013, Beatrice won Silver (2nd Prize) and the Audience Award at the prestigious Van Cliburn competition. At 18 she won First Prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International competition in 2011.

Born to a family of musicians in 1993, Beatrice began her musical studies at four and achieved her Piano Degree under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo at the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music in Monopoli.

What would happen if a composition was written for me? How would that piece resonate if created for my dexterity, my personality, my sound? I have thought about this issue every time I was going to learn a new piece. Right after sight-reading it, I always needed to understand why the composer wrote in a certain way, how or by whom he was inspired.
Thanks to BBT all these thoughts of mine are finally becoming reality. Through the Trust I commissioned a new solo piece from Luca Francesconi, whose works have always been incredibly inspiring for me, and the real surprise is to finally find out the result of my experiment.
I think that ‘Driven by tears,’ this new solo piece, suits me perfectly. From the very first moment I recognised that it is a projection of my personality. The premiere will take place in Perugia, in the beautiful Sala dei Notari on 17 March 2017. Only few days to go, as I write, and lot of practice required! But I am really looking forward to giving birth to this amazing new piece of music!

Photographs by Marie Staggat