On 7 February, Italian pianist Beatrice Rana makes her debut in the International Piano Series at Southbank Centre to perform works by Chopin, Ravel and Stravinsky. Find out more about this rising star below.
Many professional musicians are born into musical families, Rana is no exception – both her parents were professional pianists – and she began studying the piano at the very young age of 4 years old. Although she believes that at just six months old, she played her first scales. In an interview with Star Telegram, she said: ‘They were speaking and playing the piano, so I was learning to speak and play the piano. It was just so natural, a part of my life.’
A milestone in Rana’s career was her nomination in the Best Female Artist of the Year category at the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards for her recording of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations. The recording also debuted at No.1 in the UK Classical Charts and received global praise by reviewers. Here is Rana performing at the Classic BRIT Awards in 2018, televised live from the Royal Albert Hall.
Rana likes to keep herself busy. When not touring, recording and winning awards, you’ll find her working on her annual music festival, Classiche Forme Festival, which she inaugurated in 2017 in her hometown of Lecce. The first Classiche Forme Festival featured three days of chamber performances from Rana and her distinguished peers including cellist Pablo Ferrandez, violinist Marta Kowalczyk and Rana’s sister Ludovica who is an accomplished cellist.
Rana’s notable concerts included her performance at the BBC Proms with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony in the Royal Albert Hall, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York, directed by Louis Langrée. Here she performs 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.
On her days off from performing in prestigious concert halls, Rana’s preferred method of relaxation involves walks in parks and enjoying art and beautiful architecture across the world. Here she is exploring the nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne last November.