This week at the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards Italian pianist Beatrice Rana was crowned Best Newcomer for her critically acclaimed Warner Classics debut of Prokofiev’s Second and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concertos with Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
“I was very lucky to have the support of the incredible musician and person that is Tony Pappano,” Rana told BBC Music Magazine. “I had played the Tchaikovsky concerto in Rome and, apparently he liked it so much that he wanted me to record it with him. It was one of the biggest and happiest surprises of my life!”
The young virtuoso will also make her BBC Proms debut this season (just announced), playing the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis. The concert, which will be televised on BBC Four, will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm Sargent, chief conductor of the Proms from 1947 until his death in 1967. Sir Andrew Davis will recreate Sargent’s 500th Prom from 1966, highlighting his work as a champion of English music.
Beatrice Rana first came to international attention in 2011, when she won First Prize and all the special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. Two years later she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Her exceptional achievement and promise has also been recognised by BBC Radio 3, which has named her one of its New Generation Artists, and by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, which has awarded her a fellowship. Her new album on Warner Classics , Bach’s Goldberg Variations (“A supremely intelligent reading,” opined The Sunday Times) debuted at No 1 in the UK’s official classical album chart in February.