Read my review published today in the Style section of the Washington Post:
Charles T. Downey, Nordic Voices group showcases Norwegian composers at National Gallery of Art
Washington Post, October 18, 2010
Israeli-born, Juilliard-trained pianist Ran Dank made a splashy Washington debut on Saturday afternoon, presented by Washington Performing Arts Society in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The originally announced program was almost identical to what he played when he won the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York last year. Instead, Dank returned to some of his choices for the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, where he finished as a semifinalist, one of several jury decisions to be criticized that year.Ran Dank, piano
Dank played with impeccable technical surety, a point made by a boisterous performance of Liszt's "Réminiscences de Norma" transcription, a piece hardly worth the trouble of busting one's chops to play it. Miles of gauzy scales, dizzying double octaves, and fluttering repeated-note chords -- Dank conquered them all, rendering some of Bellini's vocal flourishes with a bravura more pianistic than bel canto. [Continue reading]
Washington Performing Arts Society
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Although I did not mention the encores in the review for lack of space, Dank played the opening piece of Schumann's Kinderszenen and, far more impressively, Nikolai Kapustin's jazzy Concert Etude No. 8. See the score and the composer's performance of the piece in the video embedded below.