Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
In June 2011, 18 year-old Beatrice Rana won First Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition and thus became its first Italian and youngest winner ever. She was then described by Le Devoir as “not just a pianist, but most of all an artist”. Beatrice Rana also won all the other special prizes, gaining the attention of audiences and critics and imposing herself as one of the most promising talents of the new generation.
Beatrice is already a guest of presitigious concert series and festivals throughout the world, such as Zurich’s Tonhalle, Wigmore Hall, La Roque d’Anthéron piano festival, Radio-France Festival in Montpellier, Lanaudière Festival in Montreal, Vancouver Recital Society, Domaine Forget in Quebec, La Folle Journée Festival in Nantes, Busoni Festival in Bolzano, Sala Verdi for Milan’s Società dei Concerti. As a soloist she has been invited to perform with the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, the Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
A recipient of an impressive number of first prizes in national and international piano competitions, such as “Muzio Clementi” Competition, “International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino” and "Bang&Olufsen PianoRAMA Competition”, Miss Rana was selected in 2010 among 60 participants as one of the six pianists allowed to take part in the “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize” where she has attended a prestigious masterclass with Arie Vardi and performed a recital. She now studies with Arie Verdi in Hannover.
Born to a family of musicians in 1993, Beatrice Rana made her debuts as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 9, performing Bach Concerto in F minor. Beatrice began her musical studies at four and achieved her Piano Degree at the age of sixteen with top marks, laude and honorable mention under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo at the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music in Monopoli, where she also studied composition with Marco della Sciucca. During her studies, she was awarded at the age of twelve the prestigious scholarship of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research for her great and very precocious musical talent. At the same time she attended masterclasses in Italy, France and United States with artists such as M. Beroff, A. Ciccolini, A. Jasinski, F. J. Thioillier, Eliso Virsaladze.