Ran Dank

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Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Dank‘s pianism and musicality—captivating audiences and critics alike.

The summer 2018 season included a recital at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival performing Frederic Rzewski’s tour-de-force 36 Variations: The People United Will Never Be Defeated followed by appearances at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (August 5-6’18), and a duo recital with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee (Dank Duo) at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival (August 12’18). Ran and Kate were special guest performers at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2018 Gala.

The 2018/2019 season features duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee (Dank Duo) at the Yale School of Music, San Francisco Performances, and a return to the Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende as well as Brahms, Janáček and Franck Sonatas with acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich on the Linton Music series. Orchestral engagements include: Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra led by Francesco Lecce-Chong; Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Toledo Symphony, Alain Trudel, conductor; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Chafetz and Mozart with the Ashville Symphony Orchestra.

Ran’s busy 2017/2018 season featured appearances with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Eckart Preu, the Portland Symphony and Ken-David Masur, with the Spokane Symphony and Morihiko Nakamura, and the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern for their season finale. He performed chamber music with the Amernet Quartet at Maverick Concerts and had duo appearances with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee at the Smithsonian Institute, Cincinnati’s Linton Music, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Solo recitals included the Gilmore Piano Festival, New York City Town Hall recital for Peoples Symphony Concerts, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mänttä Festival, Philip Lorenz Memorial Concerts in Fresno, the Israel Conservatory of Music and chamber music at the Seattle, Montreal, Israel, Great Lakes, and Skaneateles Chamber Music festivals, and at Maverick Concerts with the Shanghai Quartet.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York SoHo art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied by treats sweet and savory, paired with wines by the glass.

Ran Dank is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Dank‘s pianism and musicality—captivating audiences and critics alike.

Just ahead in the 2018/2019 season is a recital at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival performing Frederic Rzewski’s tour-de-force 36 Variations: The People United Will Never Be Defeated followed by appearances at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (August 5-6’18), and a duo recital with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee (Dank Duo) at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival (August 12’18). Ran and Kate were special guest performers at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2018 Gala.

The 2018/2019 season features duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee (Dank Duo) at the Yale School of Music, San Francisco Performances, and a return to the Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende as well as Brahms, Janáček and Franck Sonatas with acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich on the Linton Music series. Orchestral engagements include: Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra led by Francesco Lecce-Chong; Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Toledo Symphony, Alain Trudel, conductor; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Chafetz and Mozart with the Ashville Symphony Orchestra.

During his busy 2017/2018 season Ran Dank performed Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Eckart Preu, Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra led by Ken Lam, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Portland Symphony and Ken-David Masur, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Spokane Symphony and Morihiko Nakamura, and Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety with the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern for their season finale. He performed recitals in a return to Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende and chamber music with the Amernet Quartet at Maverick Concerts and had duo appearances with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee for the Hilton Head Symphony and the Cleveland Piano Competition. Ran Dank and Soyeon Lee (medalists of the 2007 and 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competitions), recently joined forces as the Dank Duo to present a dynamic program of works for duo piano by Mozart, Scriabin, Liszt, Janáček and Stravinsky.

In past seasons, Ran Dank appeared in recital at the Ravinia Festival, performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Vermont Symphony led by Jaime Laredo, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Toledo Symphony led by Marcelo Lehninger. He performed duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee at the Smithsonian Institute, Cincinnati’s Linton Music, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

Orchestral engagements included Liszt’s Totentanz and Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Jerusalem Symphony, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Kevin Puts’ Night for piano and orchestra with the Mobile Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with the Asheville Symphony, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Ashland Symphony, Beethoven’s Piano Emperor Concerto with the Phoenix and the Champaign-Urbana Symphonies, and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Charleston Symphony.

Recital appearances included the Gilmore Piano Festival, New York City Town Hall recital for Peoples Symphony Concerts, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mänttä Festival, Philip Lorenz Memorial Concerts in Fresno, the Israel Conservatory of Music and chamber music at the Seattle, Montreal, Israel, Great Lakes, and Skaneateles Chamber Music festivals, and at Maverick Concerts with the Shanghai Quartet.

With Soyeon Kate Lee (Dank Duo), he performed the world premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Seven Impromptus for two pianos at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and among the many duo recitals they have given include Portland Ovations, the JCC of Rockville, Bargemusic, Ames Town and Gown Association in Iowa, the Hawaii Concert Association, and the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s “Four Hands” at (le) Poisson Rouge.

Ran Dank completed Doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as a Chancellor’s Fellow, and previously received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, in his native Israel, and a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. He is Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York SoHo art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied by treats sweet and savory paired with wines by the glass.

The recipient of numerous honors, Ran Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut sponsored by YCA and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation at Merkin Hall (December 14, 2009). He was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

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