Beatrice Long, piano
Hailed for her “…maximum insight and fiery brilliance in her keyboard approach” by the Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, and her “inspired mastery, emotive range and profound lyricism characteristic of the virtuoso” by La Nacion of Costa Rica, Beatrice Long has emerged as one of the most sought-after pianists in her generation. Very much at home on the concert stage, Ms. Long has performed as a soloist with Baltimore Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonia Estato de Mexico, National Symphony of Taiwan, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Taipei, Jura Symphony Orchestra (France), New Amsterdam Symphony (New York), Festival Orchestra of Santa Barbara, Ensemble du Monde NYC, and Laredo Philharmonic among others. A medalist in several international competitions including Cleveland International Competition, World Piano competitions of Cincinnati and the Taipei International Piano Competitions, Long’s rare combination of dramatic virtuosity and eloquent musicianship has captivated audiences in France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Central America and in the U.S.
Among venues where Ms Long has given full solo recitals include: Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Chateau Lourmarin, Lons le Saunier Theatre, Festivals of Champagne and Fontainebleau (France), Kunsthalle Appenzelle (Switzerland), Phillips Gallery (Washington D.C.), International Piano Series (Charleston S.C.), and the American Embassies in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. As a duo pianist in the Long Duo with her sister Christina Long, they performed Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and they performed to critical acclaim at the Weill Hall Carnegie Hall, Taiwan National Theatre, Hangzhou Grand Theatre and Guangzhou’s Xinghai Theatre (China), Jordan Hall in Boston, Dallas Museum of Arts, International Piano Series & Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) and the Municipal Theatre of Eskisehir in Turkey among others. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Long was invited to perform Beethoven Fourth Concerto for the President of Taiwan in the Presidential Palace. Long is a versatile musician who collaborated with many well-known musicians such as Ruggiero Ricci and Berl Senofsky. As a recording artist, Beatrice’s albums (Naxos) received favorable reviews from the BBC Magazine (U.K.). The American Record Guide describes her recording of Scriabin Mazurkas (Naxos) ‘impressive on many levels’. Her live and recorded performances have been broadcast by National Public Radio, CBC Canada, Radio France, TV NY 1 among others. The Long Duo’s 2011 release (Dorian sono Luminus) of two-piano concerti by Dana Suesse (world premier), Harl MacDonald and Vaughan Williams has been hailed by critics from Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Audiophile Audition and Arts Desk, London.
Ms Long graduated with honors from Curtis Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Leon Fleisher, Seymour Lipkin and Enrique Graf. She also worked closely with Gaby Casadesus in Paris and Fou Ts’ong in London. She has given lecture recitals and master classes in State Convention of Texas Music Teachers Association, MEA (NJ), Universities in Taiwan, Lons le Saunier Conservatory (France).
"Beatrice Long caused a sensation" -- Le Provencal, France
“ With inspired mastery, emotive range and profound lyricism characteristic of the virtuoso, she captured the poetic essence of the music and extracted their most intimate and hidden meaning” La Nacion, Costa Rica
"Long plays with a maximum of insight and technical ability and can bring the mighty Steinway to its knees" Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
"With the barnstorming technique, the Taiwan natives allowed every piece they played to speak for itself" The Washington Post (for the Long Duo)
"Long is persuasive in delicately inflected pieces…..conveyed with sensibility." BBC Magazine, London, England (on the Scarlatti Sonatas CD)
"Beatrice Long is a strong, no-nonsense musician whose command of these works is impressive on many levels. She fathoms easily their harmonic substance, demonstrates an impressive patience with their form, and has a fine ear for detail and phrasing" The American Record Guide
"Long brought a rare combination of charmingly graceful, yet almost sober dedication in her stage presence and effortless but fiery brilliance in her keyboard approach" The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
"Beatrice Long gave a heroine's performance of Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 in B flat Minor, exhibiting dazzling technique and an innovative lyrical approach to the music." Prince George's Journal, Washington, D.C.
"Consummate craft....delicate and refined technique... finesse...elegance" Le Dauphine Libre, France
"Long's Scarlatti is absolutely gorgeous and shimmering. Her voicing is top-notch. If this is the only CD you buy from the set, so be it!" e-pinion, Listeners' review
"I have discovered Long to be a musician with a lot of imagination and fantasy, a beautiful sound, interesting ornamentation, and a firm grasp of Scarlatti's peculiarly Italian/Iberian sound world" Amazon.com Listener's review