MiXt is a versatile, dynamic, and vibrant chamber group under the artistic leadership of Jose Franch-Ballester, featuring award-winning soloists on the Young Concert Artists roster. Performing in a variety of configurations, the trio consists of clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and pianist Ran Dank. These dazzling soloists and accomplished chamber musicians of diverse backgrounds inspire audiences with engaging programs. In its inaugural season, miXt made its New York Debut at Merkin Hall in the Summis Auspiciis Concert and its Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center, both in the Young Concert Artists Series. MiXt holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA.
Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester is a soloist and chamber musician of “poetic eloquence” (The New York Sun) and “technical wizardry” (The New York Times) in great demand. As a graduate of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, he is regularly invited back to perform with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as frequent appearances at Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and internationally at the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música, and the Young Concert Artists Festival at Nexus Hall in Tokyo. As concerto soloist Mr. Franch-Ballester has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and in Spain with the Orquesta de Radio y Television Española and the Orquesta Sinfonica Castellon. In 2010 he was awarded Cannes’ MIDEM/IAMA Prize for Outstanding Young Artist and received a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2005, working with Donald Montanaro and Pamela Frank.
Violinist Benjamin Beilman won First Prizes in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2010 Montréal International Music Competition; the Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and received a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. Highlights of the season include concerto appearances with the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and recitals at the Louvre in Paris and in Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series. He also performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at the Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Bridgehampton, Verbier, and Marlboro Music Festivals. Mr. Beilman has appeared as soloist with the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner, L’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. Mr. Beilman was the recipient of YCA’s 2010 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and has recorded on the Analekta label. He studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian (YCA Alumna) and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute, and with Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.
Pianist Ran Dank deploys his brilliant technique with astonishing energy and intensity, captivating audiences and critics alike. He has performed as soloist with the Phoenix, and Ann Arbor symphonies, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as well as in recitals presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society’s prestigious Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. As a chamber musician, Mr. Dank has performed at the YCA Tokyo Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and he performed with the four piano ensemble fourtissimo at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Born in Israel, Mr. Dank started piano lessons at the age of seven. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, and received his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School where he worked with Emanuel Ax and Joseph Kalichstein and an Artist Diploma under Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Credit: Benjamin Ealovega / Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / Mazzucco.