Ran Dank, pianist

                   

Ran Dank, pianist
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"A strong player with technique and imagination"
~ The New York Times

"Dank played with impeccable technical surety…explosive force and triumphant exultation."
~ The Washington Post

"The leap from Bach to Ives is huge, but Mr. Dank accomplished it deftly."
~ The New York Times

Pianist Ran Dank deploys his brilliant technique with astonishing energy, intellect and intensity, captivating audiences and critics alike.

In recent seasons, he has performed Beethoven sonatas at Merkin Hall, Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in his debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, the Grieg Piano Concerto with Daniel Meyer and the Asheville Symphony, and tours with his duo partner and wife, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee.  Their performance of the world premiere of Fredric Rzewki’s Four Hands at New York City’s (le) Poisson Rouge “absorbed and exhilarated” (The New York Times).

In the 2014/15 season Dank performs Liszt’s Totentanz and Piano Concerto No. 1 for a return to the Jerusalem Symphony; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; a recital of Boulez, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt in New York for the People's Symphony; the season-opening concert of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston; and joins his wife, the pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, in concerts for their New York-based chamber music series, Music by the Glass, among other dates.

Mr. Dank has appeared as soloist with the Phoenix, Ann Arbor, Hilton Head, and Pensacola symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra as a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, as well as the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain, among others; he has been presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society’s prestigious Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mänttä Festival where his all-Liszt recital was broadcast on Finnish National Radio; and performed as a chamber musician at YCA’s Tokyo Festival and the Seattle and Montreal chamber music festivals.  Recipient of the Sander Buchman Memorial First Prize of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Dank made his New York debut in the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Concert. At the Auditions, he was also honored with the John Browning Memorial Prize, the Slomovic Orchestra Soloist Prize, the Albany Symphony Prize, the Embassy Series Prize for a concert in Washington DC, and the Saint Vincent College Bronder Prize for Piano.

In his native Israel, Mr. Dank has been invited as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion, Haifa and Raanana, as well as the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, and most recently, at the Israel Conservatory of Music in a recital celebrating Debussy’s 150th anniversary.

In addition to First Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Mr. Dank is a laureate of the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition. Mr. Dank is the recipient of grants from the Arthur Foundation and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Mr. Dank earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Emanuel Krasovsky, and received his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School where he worked with Emanuel Ax and Joseph Kalichstein and Juilliard’s Artist Diploma, under Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a chancellor’s fellow.

Mr. Dank has recently been appointed to the faculty of the University of Charleston.  He is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Piano Studies and the Artistic Director of the University of Charleston's International Piano Series.

(September 2014. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)