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 the audience …” To her, Schubert’s music “dances between our world and heaven”.

Her self-deprecating persona comes as a welcome change in the face of the flamboyance of other young Asian players seeking to distinguish themselves through hair-styles or piano-bench paroxysms.

She may well be the next Chinese superstar, a versatile player who thoroughly understands her music and performs it for us without the distracting excesses of Lang Lang and Yuja Wang, among others.

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.
 

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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Ran Jia speaking about Schubert

Berlin, 9th August 2016 – Ran Jia spoke with the editor of Germany’s leading piano magazine Carsten Dürer about her passion for Schubert and her upcoming projects. Watch it here: http://www.pianonews.de/index.php/service/video-interviews

from Zhongshan Daily, 15.12.2015

‘ ..Ran Jia has such sincerity towards music, her perfect technique together with a natual feeling of music presented us the peacefulness and fullness of the music. Her playing is accurate yet has a huge contrast, how marvelous!!..’ –Qidi Leng, Zhongshan Daily, 15.12.2015

from Beijing Youth Daily 8.12.2015

‘…Ran Jia has a beautiful stage presence, her sound is very attractive, especially in the slow movement of Beethoven concerto no.4, extremely intoxicating!’ –Tong Wang, Beijing Youth Daily 8.12.2015

 

Cleveland Classical Review

”…Chinese-born Ran Jia played Franz Schubert’s Sonata in c minor, Opus Posthumous, perhaps the most compact of the composer’s last three extended piano works. Her elegant touch brought out Schubert’s lyrical lines and elucidated his more complicated textures. Well-voiced pianissimos and fortes distinguished the slow movement, and confident, steady rhythms underlined the tricky cross-hand gestures in the concluding tarantella. Exuding poise at the keyboard, Ran Jia looked as though she were completely enjoying herself, frequently smiling at Schubert’s more engaging nuances…”   by Daniel Hathaway. October 5, 2015

From ”Music Weekly” News 2015 in China

I have kept an observation to this pianist for many years. Her playing of Shubert has got a recognized reputation and her Mozart, after my opinion, is more sophisticated. She always gives us these impressions: poetic interpretation, discovering of the inner content of works, delicate and emotional techniques, the elegant and noble bearing and, of cause, her outstanding beauty. In 17th April, Her recital in Shanghai Concert hall told us the inner seeking of this beautiful young lady: the pieces of this concert are almost French Impressionism, Sonatine and Gaspar de la Nuit of Ravel, the first part of Images and L’isle joyeuse of Debussy, with the Poem of fire by Tandun. The repertory manifests her unique taste and artistic pursuit. Her interpretation was unruffled and well balanced, with a perfect technique, created a charming scene and extraordinary imagination.

– Ren Haijie, critic, Music Weekly, 4.22.2015

 

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