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Program

22 April - 11:00 h (Local Time)
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RAN JIA

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Impromptus Nos. 2 and 3, D. 899

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Variations on a Theme by Händel, op. 24

Franz Schubert

Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Franz Schubert's compositions contain a staggering range of emotions. Especially his last composition, Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, runs the gamut of human emotions from sheer exuberance to introspective contemplation and heartfelt pain. The late Franz Schubert enters into dialogue at this matinee performance with Johannes Brahms, whose high art of variation derives from Händel but breaks entirely new ground.

Chinese pianist Ran Jia
immerses herself in the mindset and emotional world of whichever composer she is playing. She has a special interest in Franz Schubert and has penetrated to the very essence of his compositional language and musical atmosphere. Her playing is effortless and perfectly balanced; ego or harsh contrasts have no place in her interpretations. Ran Jia's love of the Austrian composers strengthened her resolve to become a pianist and ultimately brought her to Europe.

Her recording of Schubert sonatas was awarded the prestigious Choc du Mois by the French magazine Classica in 2015, with her interpretation being compared to renderings by Wilhelm Kempff, Radu Lupu and Sviatoslav Richter. Another recording was released in 2017 with Sony Classical. That year the pianist also made her Berlin debut in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie, playing all of Schubert's sonatas on four evenings over ten days in performances that were highly praised by critics and audiences alike.

The outstanding Schubert performer had previously played at venues including the Lincoln Center in New York and Tonhalle Düsseldorf, and at the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the international piano festival La Roque d’Anthéron, where she gave her debut recitals.

Ran Jia was born in Shanghai and gave her first concerts at the age of seven. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied under Gary Graffmann and completed her master's degree and graduate recital at the Cologne University of Music. She is currently enrolled at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy) and is studying under William Grant Naboré.