Twenty-three year-old Beatrice Rana has shaken the international classical music world and aroused admiration from presenters, reviewers and audiences in many countries. In June 2013, she won Silver Prize and the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn competition, bringing her to yet a new level in her already very promising career. This was enhanced by the universal critical acclaim of her debut CD release as an exclusive Warner Classics artist: Prokofiev’s Second and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concertos with Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra, released in November 2015 [Warner Classics 2564600909].
Beatrice appears across the globe in major concert venues, including London’s Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and festivals such as Klavier Festival Ruhr, Radio France Festival and Ferrara Musica. Her orchestral partners have included, in America, the Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra; in Britain, the City of Birmingham Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras; on the continent, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Dresden Philharmonic and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, as well as Milan’s La Scala Philharmonic and Rome’s Santa-Cecilia Orchestra. Much further east she has played with the Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony and the Queensland Symphony orchestras). She has been conducted by the likes of Riccardo Chailly, Fabien Gabel, Fabio Luisi, Susanna Mälkki, Zubin Mehta.Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Antonio Pappano and Leonard Slatkin.
Beatrice Rana was selected in 2014 to perform at the International Music Festival of the Orpheum Foundation for advancement of Young Soloists at Zurich’s Tonhalle, with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta. Since September 2015, Beatrice has been a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme.
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