Ran Dank


Pianist

Dank played with impeccable technical surety…explosive force and triumphant exultation.
— The Washington Post
A strong player with technique and imagination.
— The New York Times
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 Ran Dank's pianism and musicality.

During the 2016/2017 season he appears in recital at the Ravinia Festival, performs 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.  With pianist Soyeon Kate Lee he performs in recital at the Smithsonian Institute, Cincinnati's Linton Music, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

During the 2015/2016 season he played Kevin Puts' Night for piano and orchestra with the Mobile Symphony, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Ashland Symphony, and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Charleston Symphony.   Recital appearances included The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Philip Lorenz Memorial Concerts in Fresno, and for Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende as well as in duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee, for the Ames Town and Gown Association in Iowa, and the Hawaii Concert Association.

He has performed Liszt 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, the Grieg Concerto with the Asheville Symphony, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Phoenix and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

Recitals have included the 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 Mantta Festival, 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 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, and the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski's "Four Hands" at (le) Poisson Rouge.

He recently completed Doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Good 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.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have 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.

(December 2016. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)