22nd June 2018
  • 22nd June 2018 | 0:00 am

    Shenzhen, China

    Concert with Shenzhen symphony orchestra

    Shostakovich concerto No.1


 Die Herausforderin…[…]

Ran Jia ist eine Erzählerin, der man gerne zuhört.


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The next superstar rising out of China?

Elegant, poised and deeply musical Ran Jia has brought a new freshness to the Franz Schubert piano sonatas, a phenomenal achievement considering how often they have been performed by the greatest pianists of the past 75 years. The press in Germany, where she played all eleven works in a four-day marathon last spring, christened her “the challenger” against Daniel Barenboim, who was scheduled to appear in Berlin a few weeks later. Ms. Jia rejects such talk of competitive striving. “My dream is simple,” she told me in an interview, “to share my musical inspiration deep down in my heart with

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Press reactions

Ran Jia's Berlin debut with all Schubert sonatas in the prestigious chamber hall of the Berlin Philharmonie on four evenings in March 2017 raised high critical acclaim, praising her "high sound culture" (Berliner Morgenpost). The Tagesspiegel called her "the challenger" in comparison to the Schubert series of local hero Daniel Barenboim, which was taking place a little later in the city.  

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The Berlin Debut in March 2017

Berlin, 11th November 2016 - Berlin will see an unusual debut of a young pianist, Ran Jia. She will present all Schubert sonatas in a cycle in the Chamber Music Hall of the prestigous Philharmonie within 10 days in March 2017. Concerts on March 3, 9, 16 and 19. Tickets available here.

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Wunderbar gesanglicher Ton… formt Akkorde von sinfonischer Größe, die gelegentlich an Grigory Sokolov erinnern.

Berliner Morgenpost


Ran Jia, 2015, Copyright


Biography English
Biography German


The young 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 will be her Berlin debut with the complete Schubert sonatas in the Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall, that Ran Jia will play on four evenings within ten days. 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.

Other highlights of the current season will be her debuts with China Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led by Chung Myung-Whun.

Her most 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 recently with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bruckner Orchester Linz, English Chamber Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonic Orchestra and Würzburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2008 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 in Munich. Despite the “impressive debut” (WAZ) at a young age, Ran Jia had to take a break from the concert podium because of injury. She has been back with many highly successful concerts in the musical life for a year now and continues to dedicate her recital programs to the work of Franz Schubert, who plays a central role in her musical understanding.

Shanghai-born 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 holds a degree from the University of Music in Cologne. She is currently enrolled at the International piano academy at Lake Como in Italy, where she studies with William Grant Nabore.
Recently, she became the ambassador for classical music of the Chinese Aesthetic Education.

Ran Jia’s next CD recording with two Schubert sonatas will be released in Spring 2017 by Sony Classical.


 “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, 13.5.2017

“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, 21.03.2017


“Die Herausforderin… […] Spiel geprägt von müheloser Leichtigkeit, sensibel und fein austariert”
“Ran Jia ist eine Erzählerin, der man gerne zuhört.”
Tagesspiegel, Frederik Hanssen 03.03.2017


“Das Herz auf dem Tisch”

Concerti, Katharina Knees, März/2017


“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, 17.02.2017


“Mit ihren poetisch-dramatischen Schubert-Interpretationen sorgt die junge chinesische Pianistin Ran Jia für Aufsehen.”
WDR 15.2.2017

“Poetessa del pianoforte”

La Stampa

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


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CD Release! 

F. Schubert Album
Artalinna Label, release date 9. October 2015


CD Release! 

F. Schubert Album
RCA Records, release date February 2017


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