Beatrice Rana was born in Apulia in 1993 into a family of musicians. She completed her piano studies with Benedetto Lupo at the Conservatorio Nino Rota in Monopoli, where she also took composition lessons from Marco della Sciucca. She subsequently continued her studies with Arie Vardi in Hanover and again with Lupo, now at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2011, she won First Prize and all the special prizes at the Concours musical international de Montréal, and in 2013 she was awarded the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Beatrice Rana has performed with many internationally renowned orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Orchestre National de France. She made her debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra in April 2024 and with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May. She also completed a European tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Sir Antonio Pappano. Her other partners on the podium include Riccardo Chailly, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Jakub Hrůša, Paavo Järvi, Klaus Mäkelä, Susanne Mälkki, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Rana’s debut CD, featuring piano concertos by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, was released in 2015 and was followed by her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2017, for which she received the Gramophone Award, the Edison Award, and the Classic BRIT Award. She has recorded Clara and Robert Schumann’s piano concertos with Nézet-Séguin; her most recent album, of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, was released in March 2024. Beatrice Rana founded the Festival Classiche Forme in her native city of Lecce in 2017; she has also been Artistic Director of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento since 2020. 

Lucerne Festival debut on 24 November 2017 in a program of works by Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt.

April 2024