Beatrice Rana

Beatrice Rana has taken the international classical music world, arousing admiration and interest from concert presenters, conductors, critics and audiences internationally.

She performs at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals including Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, KKL Lucerne, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich’s Gasteig, Prinzregententheater and Herkulessaal, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Milan’s Società dei Concerti, Ferrara Musica, Verbier Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Lugano’s LAC, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Bucharest Enescu Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

She collaborates with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Chailly, Paavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Gimeno, Jun Märkl, Trevor Pinnock, Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Sakari Oramo, Lahav Shani, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Gustavo Gimeno, Susanna Mälkki, Klaus Mäkelä, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin or Zubin Mehta. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

In upcoming seasons, Rana will tour Europe with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. She will also tour Asia with the Orchestra dell’Academia di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano. 

She will play recitals at Carnegie Hall’s mainstage as part of its Virtuoso Series, Philharmonie de Paris, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle (Pro Arte Series) and will return to the Cologne Philharmonie and Stuttgart’s Liederhalle.

Rana records exclusively for Warner Classics. In 2015, her first album featuring the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia di Roma received international acclaim, including the prestigious Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice and BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year Award. The year 2017 will remain a milestone in her career with the release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Her recording was praised by reviewers worldwide and was crowned by two major honors: Young Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards and Discovery of the Year at the Edison Awards. In June 2018, she was chosen as Female Artist of the Year at the Classic BRIT Awards for her recording of the Bach.

SHE also recorded Bernstein Symphony No.2 (Age of Anxiety) as part of Antonio Pappano’s recording of the composer’s complete symphonies, which also brought her critical acclaim. Her latest solo album was released in October 2019, featuring works by Stravinsky and Ravel and was awarded several top prizes, incuding Diapason d’Or de l’Année and Choc de l’Année Classica in France. 

In 2017, Rana started her own chamber music festival, Classiche Forme, in her native town of Lecce, Puglia. The festival has become one of Italy’s major summer events. She also became artistic director of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento in 2020.

In June 2013, Rana won second prize and the Audience Award at the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition. She attracted international attention at 18, winning first prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International Competition in 2011. She also has won first prizes in national and international piano competitions such as the Muzio Clementi Competition, International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino and Bang & Olufsen PianoRAMA Competition.

Born to a family of musicians in 1993, Rana made her debuts as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 9, performing the Bach Concerto in F Minor. She began her musical studies at 4 and achieved her piano degree under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo at the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music in Monopoli, where she also studied composition with Marco della Sciucca. She then studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover and again with Benedetto Lupo at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. She is based in Rome.