KD SCHMID Beatrice Rana


Amsterdam Sinfonietta

04.04.22 - 10.04.22

about the tour.

After a first, particularly successful, joint tour in Holland (April 2019) the musicians of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Beatrice Rana want to visit other countries. For the coming tour in April 2022, a new program around works by Johann Sebastian Bach will be conceived. In 2017 Beatrice Rana won the Young Artist of the Year Gramophone Award for her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Frank Bridge: Lament (1915) für Streichorchester, H. 117

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3 G-Dur BWV 1048

Werk: tbc


Werk: tbc

William T. Walton: Sonata for Strings (1972)



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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta was founded in 1988, with Lev Markiz as its first artistic director. Candida Thompson has been concert master of the ensemble since 1995, as well as its artistic director since 2003. The approach to music-making without a conductor is what distinguishes the group from ‘regular’ chamber orchestras. It calls for an extremely intense degree of involvement from all the musicians.

In past decade, Amsterdam Sinfonietta has become a regular visitor of the European major concert halls and music festivals, with a sold-out Konzerthaus in Vienna as one of the highlights. toured Europe, China, the United States and Australia. It has appeared at major . The orchestra also toured outside of Europe, through China, the United States, South-America and Australia, performing in venues including the Barbican Hall in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing and the Berlin Konzerthaus.

The repertoire encompasses a variety of styles, ranging from Baroque to contemporary works. Alongside performances of mainstream repertoire, the orchestra frequently champions unjustly neglected or new works. In the past, composers like Sofia Gubaidulina, Florian Maier, Michel van der Aa, Pēteris Vasks, Thomas Larcher and Sally Beamish wrote world premieres for the orchestra. The orchestra frequently presents original and compelling combinations of works, initiates surprising collaborations, and embraces ground-breaking concepts involving video art, dance or theatre. Amsterdam Sinfonietta has also worked with a host of internationally renowned musicians, such as Kristian Bezuidenhout, Thomas Oliemans, Giovanni Sollima, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Martin Fröst, Lucas en Arthur Jussen, Maria Milstein, Nicolas Altstaedt, Andreas Ottensamer, Liza Ferschtman, Claron McFadden, Harriet Krijgh, Marc-André Hamelin, Ray Chen, Alexander Melnikov, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Mikhail Petrenko, Janine Jansen, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Bobby McFerrin and Wende.

Educational performances, titled ‘KleuterSinfonietta’, reach thousands of children in the Netherlands every year. The orchestra also collaborates with the Conservatory of Amsterdam, providing a yearly programme for Masters’ Students who join the orchestra in rehearsals and on tour. Members of Amsterdam Sinfonietta regularly coach youth orchestras on their technique, playing together and playing without a conductor.

Within the past decades Amsterdam Sinfonietta has produced an impressive array of CD’s under Candida Thompson’s leadership, in collaboration with the high-quality Channel Classics label. The latest album contains a collection of works that are arranged for string orchestra, often commissions by Amsterdam Sinfonietta: Lento Religioso (2020). Recently the orchestra has also recorded CDs for labels such as ECM, Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon.

SEASON 2020/2021


Candida Thompson, Violin

© Marco Borggreve

Candida Thompson studied with the renowned pedagogue David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she obtained her soloist diploma with distinction. She continued her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Subsequently she won various prizes at competitions, including the Internationale Jeunesses Musicales in Belgrade. Candida has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras in Europe, the United States and East Asia, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic.

From an early age Candida was already leading chamber orchestras in Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain. She has been concertmaster of Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 1995, as well as its artistic director since 2003. Under her leadership Amsterdam Sinfonietta has recorded fourteen CDs to date at the quality label Channel Classics. The very first ‘Verdi Tchaikovsky’ recording was immediately voted ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the leading music magazine The Gramophone. The following ‘Beethoven Walton’ CD was proclaimed The Gramophone’s ‘Disc of the Month’. Other albums include ‘Schubert String Quintet’ (2015), ‘Tides of Life’ (2017), ‘Bartók Brahms’ (2018) and ‘Tchaikovsky Arensky’ (2019). The most recent disc ‘Lento Religioso appeared in September 2020.

Candida is a passionate chamber musician. She has performed with musicians including Isaac Stern, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Isabelle Faust and Bruno Giuranna. Candida has regularly been invited to perform at the Kuhmo Festival in Finland and La Musica in the United States and has been a guest at the Canossa Masterclasses in Reggio Emilia, the Gubbio Festival in Italy and various Chamber Music Festivals in Switzerland and Austria. In the Netherlands, she has regularly performed in the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht.

Thompson is also a founding member of the Hamlet Piano Trio, together with cellist Xenia Jancovic and pianist Paolo Giacometti. For the Channel Classics label, the trio recorded cd’s containing Piano Trio’s by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Beethoven. In 2015, the ensemble toured through the United States, and they recently played their debut in the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Candida plays on a Guarneri, del Gesù violin (1698-1744). 


Beatrice Rana, Piano

© Mari Stagat

Beatrice Rana has been shaking the international classical music world, arousing admiration and interest from concert presenters, conductors, critics and audiences internationally. 

Beatrice performs at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals including Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, KKL Lucerne, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich’s Gasteig, Prinzregententheater and

Herkulessaal, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Milan’s Società dei Concerti, Ferrara Musica, Verbier Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Lugano’s LAC, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Bucharest Enescu Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. 

She collaborates with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Chailly, Paavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Gimeno, Jun Märkl, Trevor Pinnock, Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Sakari Oramo, Lahav Shani, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Gustabo Gimeno, Susanna Mälkki, Klaus Mäkelä, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin or Zubin Mehta. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Tonkünstler Orchester, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Filarmonica della Scala, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic. 

During the upcoming seasons, Beatrice will tour in Europe with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. She will also tour in Asia with the Orchestra dell’Academia di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano. 2021/22 will also see her debut with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Beatrice will play recitals at Carnegie Hall’s mainstage as part of their Virtuoso series, Philharmonie de Paris, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle (Pro Arte Series) and will return to the Cologne Philharmonie and Stuttgart’s Liederhalle. 

Beatrice Rana records exclusively for Warner Classics. In 2015, her first album featuring Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia di Roma received international acclaim including the prestigious Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year Award. The year 2017 will remain a milestone in her career with the

release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The recording was praised by reviewers worldwide and was crowned by two major awards: “Young Artist of the Year” at the Gramophone Awards and “Discovery of the year” at the Edison Awards. In June 2018, she was chosen as Female Artist of the Year at the Classic BRIT Awards at the Royal Albert Hall for her recording of the Bach. Beatrice also recorded Bernstein Symphony No.2 ‘Age of Anxiety’ as part of Antonio Pappano’s recording of the composer’s complete symphonies, which also garnered her high critical acclaim. Her latest solo album was released in October 2019, featuringworks by Stravinsky and Ravel and was awarded several top prizes incuding Diapason d’Or de l’Année and Choc de l’Année Classica in France. A Chopin album wil be released in the fall 2021.

In 2017, Beatrice started her own chamber music festival « Classiche Forme » in her native town of Lecce, Puglia. The festival has become one of Italy’s major summer events. She also became artistic director of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento in 2020.

In June 2013, Beatrice won Silver (2nd Prize) and the Audience Award at the prestigious Van Cliburn competition. She had attracted international attention at 18, winning 1st Prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International Competition in 2011. A recipient of an impressive number of first prizes in national and international piano competitions, such as “Muzio Clementi” Competition, “International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino” and “Bang&Olufsen PianoRAMA Competition”. Born to a family of musicians in 1993, Beatrice Rana made her debuts as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 9, performing Bach Concerto in F minor. Beatrice began her musical studies at four and achieved her Piano Degree under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo at the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music in Monopoli, where she also studied composition with Marco della Sciucca. She then studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover and again with Benedetto Lupo at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. She is based in Rome.


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