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Lakewood Cultural Center Presents! Beatrice Rana

2013 Van Cliburn Silver Medal Winner
Beatrice Rana
2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27

Tickets on sale now: $25 adult,, 303-987-7845 or at the Box Office

With performances heralded as “sheer enchantment, alternately out-of-body and almost fearsome in intensity” (Dallas Morning News) and “an endlessly fascinating piece of humanity that had the orchestra riveted on every note” (Huffington Post), Italian pianist Beatrice Rana drew mass attention during the recent 2013 Cliburn Competition, capturing second prize, as well as the Audience Award. Her Lakewood program will include Variations on the Name “Abegg,” op. 1 and Symphonic Etudes, op. 13 by Robert Schumann and Sonata No. 6 in A major, op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev.

Born in Copertino into a family of musicians, Rana began musical studies at the age of 4 and made her concerto debut when she was 9. She currently studies with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, having previously graduated from the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music where she studied with Benedetto Lupo.

Rana has been a frequent guest of international orchestras and has performed with the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and she has played with Leonard Slatkin, Joshua Weilerstain, Fabian Gabel, and Bernard Labadie. In 2012, she released her first CD of works by Scriabin and Chopin on ATMA Classique.

A prizewinner many times over, Rana was named “One to Watch” by International Piano magazine just before her Cliburn appearance. Highlights of her 2013-14 season include invitations to perform with Yannick Nézet-Seguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, Miguel Harth-Bedoya with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Fayçal Karoui with the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and tours of the United States arranged by the Cliburn. Also part of her prize package, recording label harmonia mundi produced a live CD of her competition performances that will be available at her Lakewood recital.

In its 50-year history, the Cliburn has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence including Barry Douglas, Olga Kern, Radu Lupu, Jon Nakamatsu, and Cristina Ortiz. An esteemed five member jury travels worldwide to screen 130 pianists and invites 30 to compete for one of the coveted Cliburn medals. Few other competitions offer applicants the opportunity to showcase their talent through the intimacy and immediacy of a live performance, and none as comprehensively as the Cliburn.

Tickets are $25 and are available at 303-987-7845, or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue). Student, senior and group discounts are available. Ample, free parking.

The 2013-2014 Lakewood Cultural Center Presents season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, 5280 Magazine and the Denver Post Community, improving and enriching the lives of those in our community.

Beatrice Rana 2013 Van Cliburn Silver Medal Winner
Posted on: Monday, September 23, 2013