Three years ago, pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank were wed, and marked that year by performing together at (Le) Poisson Rouge for the first time. Those three years have seen them from Cincinnati to Hawaii, and now they are together in the same city, as they celebrate their third anniversary and return to (Le) Poisson Rouge for another exhilarating concert.
After kicking off the season in New York City, Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have a full 16/17 season, with duo concerts interspersed within a series of solo engagements.
Soyeon Kate Lee ended her summer with a recital at Mänttä Music Festival in Finland, and began fall with two performances at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, performing Schumann’s Piano Quintet with the Ariel String Quartet, and Chopin’sPiano Concerto No. 2. She will be performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Erie Philharmonic, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Asheville Symphony later this season.
After a concert at Ravinia performing a program of Chopin Mazurkas and Polonaises, and Bolcom’s Twelve Etudes Books I&II, Ran Dank will be performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra on October 29, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Toledo Symphony on March 25.
Tonight, they will perform a program of duo piano pieces (Kaleidoscope by Corigliano, the New York premiere of Seven Impromptus by Alexander Goehr, and Ravel’s La Valse) and solo pieces (Scriabin’s Fantasy by Kate, and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor by Ran). See their concert tonight at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Hear a preview of their concert here.
Their series of duo concerts continues at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Steinway Series, where they are performing a program of Mozart, Scriabin, Liszt, and Stravinsky on October 9. They continue their series, Music By The Glass, an intimate recital series developed and curated by Lee and Dank, on September 22 at the Louis Meisel Gallery, and go on tour to perform at Chamber Music Cincinnati on November 20.
Below, Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank perform Brahms Waltzes Op. 39 at Le Poisson Rouge in 2013: