In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, Van Cliburn surprised the world with his historic victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. He quickly became one of the most persuasive ambassadors of American culture (as well as one of the greatest pianists in the history of music), helping tear down cultural barriers years ahead of glasnost and perestroika, and transcending politics by demonstrating the universality of classical music. A group of music teachers and citizens from Fort Worth, Texas, organized the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962 in commemoration of his historic achievement. This competition, which is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists, continues to be held every four years. In a process that begins with visits to five audition sites around the world to hear 133 pianists, the jury invites only thirty to compete in the preliminary round. Twelve compete in the semifinal round, and then six vie for top honors in the final round. The Lane Series is pleased to be able to present the gold, silver, and crystal medalists from the 14th Van Cliburn Competition!
Born into a family of musicians, Beatrice Rana began musical studies at the age of four and made her concerto debut when she was nine. She has been invited to perform at the Busoni, La Folle Journée, La Roque d’Antherón, Lanaudière, and Radio- France Festivals, and as soloist with the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rana took First prize at the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition and the Muzio Clementi and Bang & Olufsen Piano Competitions. She currently studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, having previously graduated from the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music.