The Fernando Laires Piano Series presents Beatrice Rana on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. It is this young artist’s highly anticipated return to Eastman. Rana’s performance consists of: Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 25; Ravel’s Miroirs, and Stravinsky/Agosti’s The Firebird.
Gramophone’s 2017 “Young Artist of the Year” Beatrice Rana is making waves on the international classical music scene, arousing admiration and interest from conductors, critics, and audiences around the world. Gramophone also commented: “Beatrice possesses an old soul that belies her twenty years, and more than a touch of genius.”
Beatrice Rana came to public attention in 2011, after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. Her very promising career was brought to an even higher level in 2013, when she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In September 2015 she was named a BBC New Generation Artist, and in April 2016 she was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
Her first album as exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, released in 2015, featured Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia di Roma. The CD received international acclaim including the prestigious Gramophone Editor’s Choice and BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year Award.
Beatrice performs regularly at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals, including Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Lucerne’s KKL, Berlin Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Milan’s Società dei Concerti, Ferrara Musica, Verbier Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Lugano Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Montpellier Radio-France Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Enescu Festival, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
Tickets for Beatrice Rana are $24-45, with $10 student tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 26 Gibbs Street, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday-Friday; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at http://eastmantheatre.org.
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About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 550 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and numerous alumni and faculty have received Grammy Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 800 concerts to the Rochester community.