Lauded by The New York Times for his “vivacious playing,” pianist Ran Dank deploys his brilliant technique with astonishing energy and intensity, captivating audiences and critics alike. This season, Mr. Dank’s engagements include performances at the Bridgehampton Music Festival, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, EMMA Concert Association, Hawaii Concert Society, the Levine School of Music, the Brownville Concert Series, Music at St. Luke’s, and the Vanguard Concert Series. Highlights of last season include his Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as appearances at Portland Ovations, Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Association, Missouri State University, Tannery Pond Concerts, and the University at Buffalo, and in the inaugural season of the ensemble, miXt, with performances at New York’s Merkin Hall, Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, as well as at the Paramount Theater, the Jacksonville Jewish Community Alliance, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia.
Mr. Dank has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, the Phoenix, Ann Arbor, Hilton Head, and Pensacola Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra as a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano 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, and at Finland’s Mänttä Festival, where his all-Liszt recital was broadcast on Finnish National Radio. In addition, he has performed as a chamber musician at the Young Concert Artists Festival Week in Tokyo 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 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.
Born in Israel, Mr. Dank has been appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion, Haifa, and Raanana at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem and 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, received his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he worked with (YCA Alumni) Emanuel Ax and Joseph Kalichstein, and received an Artist Diploma at Juilliard, under Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a Chancellor’s Fellow, working with (YCA Alumni) Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode.
[Pronounced: Rahn Dahnk]
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