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

Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify pianist Ran Dank's 2015 summer festival appearances which included two Mozart and two Brahms piano quartets, the Schubert Piano Trio in B flat Major and a world premiere for piano, four hands by Alexander Goehre at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival;  the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Shanghai String Quartet at The Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York and solo and chamber pieces by Rachmaninoff, Robert Honstein, Prokofiev and Schumann at the Great Lakes Festival in Michigan.

A favorite with New York audiences, in the 2014/15 season Ran Dank was featured at The Town Hall, presented by Peoples Symphony, in a program of works by Boulez, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt and is a regular guest at concerts of Bargemusic in Brooklyn.  New York public radio station WQXR partnered with the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 2015 to present the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in a one-day marathon for which Ran Dank was selected to play  the Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 "quasi una fantasia" and the Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest". In 2012 he played the Prokofiev Concerto #2 in his debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Alice Tully Hall and in September 2013 he and Soyeon Kate Lee performed the world premiere of  Fredric Rzewski's "Four Hands"  at (le) Poisson Rouge.

In 2014 Ran Dank joined the Music Department Faculty of the College of Charleston as the Director of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor and also serves as Artistic Director of the College of Charleston International Piano Series.      

He recently 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.

Among recent highlights are the Liszt Concerto No. 1 and Totentanz with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with Daniel Meyer and the Asheville Symphony,  concerts with the Phoenix Symphony and numerous other ensembles. He plays the Brahms Concerto in B-flat Major with the Charleston Symphony in spring 2016.  In recital, he has been presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland's Mantta Festival, the Israel Conservatory of Music and chamber music at YCA's Tokyo Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival and the Israel Festival in Jerusalem.

In addition to concertizing and academic posts, Ran Dank, with his wife, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York So-Ho 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.  A delightful explanation of these popular events may be viewed on the organization's website www.musicbytheglass.com.

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.

(November 2015. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)