In the 2017/2018 season, Ran Dank performs Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Eckart Preu; Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Illinois Symphony led by Ken Lam; Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Portland Symphony and Ken-David Masur; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Spokane Symphony and Morihiko Nakamura; and finishes with Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” with the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern for their season finale. He performs recitals in a return to Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende; chamber music with the Amernet Quartet at Maverick Concerts; and has duo appearances with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee for the Hilton Head Symphony and the Cleveland Piano Competition.
During the 2016/2017 season, he appeared in recital at the Ravinia Festival, performed 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. He performed duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee at the Smithsonian Institute, Cincinnati’s Linton Music, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.
Recent orchestral engagements include Liszt’s 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, Kevin Puts’s Night for piano and orchestra with the Mobile Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with the Asheville Symphony, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Ashland Symphony, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Phoenix and Champaign-Urbana symphonies, and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Charleston Symphony.
Recital appearances have included the Gilmore Piano Festival, New York City Town Hall for the People’s Symphony Concerts, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mantta Festival, Philip Lorenz Memorial Concerts in Fresno, 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 at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Among the many duo recitals they have given include Portland Ovations, the JCC of Rockville, Bargemusic, Ames Town and Gown Association in Iowa, the Hawaii Concert Association, and the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s Four Hands at Le Poisson Rouge.
He 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; a bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University; and a master’s degree and artist diploma from The Juilliard School. He is assistant professor piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a Soho art gallery in New York, where the audience of young professions listen and mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied with treats and wine by the glass.
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. He was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, Naumburg Piano Competition, and Sydney International Piano Competition and was the First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Competition.