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RAN JIA

concert pianist

photo credit: Andrej Grilc

 

BIO

The Chinese pianist Ran Jia gained international attention for her extraordinary interpretative abilities for the piano work of Franz Schubert.

Tan Dun praised her as a “piano poet with dramatic skill in music making.”


For her recording of Schubert Sonatas D 960 and D 664 for the French label Artalinna she was awarded with a Choc Classica in December 2015. Her interpretation was called equal to the famous Schubert recordings by Kempff, Lupu and Richter. “An astonishing album and a name to remember!”


A special milestone in the 2016/2017 season was her huge success Berlin debut with the complete Schubert sonatas in the Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall, that Ran Jia played on four evenings within ten days as well as the Schubert sonata CD release under RCA label. Other important appearances include the MDR Sinfonieorchester and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, as well as Rheingau Music Festival, where she will give her recital debut.

In season 2018/2019 she is invited to play the complete Schubert sonata cycle at the Shanghai symphony orchestra hall, where the live recording of all eleven sonatas is released in China in October 2019.  Other engagements including concerts at the Klavier Ruhr festival, Rheingau Festival, Moritzburg chamber music festival, Klavierstimmer festival Cochem, recitals in Abu Dhabi, concerts with Zurich symphony orchestra, Munich Bach Collegium chamber orchestra and Jena philharmonic orchestra. 

Other highlights of the past years included her debuts with China Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led by Chung Myung-Whun.

Her recent appearances include her debut at La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival in August, at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, concerts at the Shanghai International Piano Festival and the “MISA” Summer Festival in Shanghai, China, recital debut in the sold out Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea and her debut as part of the Albert concert series in Freiburg. She also debuted with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bruckner Orchester Linz, English Chamber Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonic Orchestra and Würzburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ran Jia gave her European recital debut when she was 19 years old with a pure Schubert program at the Klavierfestival Ruhr and was enthusiastically celebrated by the audience and critics: with this pianist the structures and sounds flow naturally on its own…Tremendous.”

She also performed at important festivals such as the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival as well as at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Herkulessaal Munich. 

Ran Jia began her piano lessons at the age of 3 and has started to perform at the early age of seven years. In November 2005, Ran Jia made her debut at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center New York.

Ran Jia studied with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and studied at the International piano academy at Lake Como in Italy with William Grant Nabore.

 
 
Piano B&W

Press

"Was schon damals Publikum wie Kritiker begeisterte, wurde allerdings bereits in den ersten Takten des Abends deutlich. Es ist ihr Anschlag und die unglaubliche Geläufigkeit ihrer Finger vor allem der rechten Hand. Jeder einzelne Ton ist fein und rund wie eine Perle, und diese Perlen reiht sie nahtlos auf. Hinzu kommt eine stilistische Bandbreite, die auch völlig unterschiedliche Klangfarben hervorbringt. Stücke von vier Komponisten interpretierte Ran Jia in Gartrop, viermal war das Klangerlebnis ein völlig anderes."

NRZ, Bettina Schack

Jede Verziehung hat einen Sinn, jede Stelle ihre Farbe……….ein Wunder – an Anschlagskultur , aber auch an Atmosphäre.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Paul Schäufele,

 “Dass man Schubert nicht nur meisterhaft auf dem Klavier spielen, sondern ihn dadurch auch erzählen kann, beweist Ran Jia auf ihrer aktuellen Einspielung.”
Concerti, Maximilian Theiss,


“Wunderbar gesanglicher Ton… formt Akkorde von sinfonischer Größe, die gelegentlich an Grigory Sokolov erinnern.”
“Die Pianistin ist eine Interpretin von

hoher Klangkultur.”

Berliner Morgenpost, Mario-Felix Vogt,

“Die Herausforderin… […] Spiel geprägt von müheloser Leichtigkeit, sensibel und fein austariert”
“Ran Jia ist eine Erzählerin, der man gerne zuhört.”
Tagesspiegel, Frederik Hanssen


“Das Herz auf dem Tisch”
Concerti, Katharina Knees,

“So öffnet Ran Jia auf der CD ein Fenster nach Wien und eines nach Shanghai. Und in beide lächelt Schubert hinein.”
CD der Woche, rbb Kulturradio, Dirk Hühner,

“Mit ihren poetisch-dramatischen Schubert-Interpretationen sorgt die junge chinesische Pianistin Ran Jia für Aufsehen.”
WDR


“Poetessa del pianoforte”
La Stampa

“Bei dieser Pianistin fließen die Strukturen und Klänge wie von selbst dahin… Grandios”
“Beeindruckendes Debüt…”
WAZ

 

Concerts

Beijing Modern Music festival
Beijing
Concert at Shanghai concert hall
Shanghai Concert Hall
Chamber music concert in Torino
Teatro Vittoria
Concert at Palermo classica festival
Palermo
Concert at Palermo classica festival
Palermo
Chamber music concert at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Concert with Chongqing Phiharmonic Orchestra
Chongqing
Klavier festival Ruhr
Schlosshotel Gartrop
Klavier Festival Ruhr
Schlosshotel Gartrop
 
 
 
 

©2020 by Ran Jia.