Ran Dank won first prize in several prestigious competitions including the 2008-2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions which sponsored his debut in New York. In 2007, he won top prizes in the Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia) and the Cleveland International Competition. The latter resulted in an appearance with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall under the baton of Jahja Ling. Mr. Dank has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Rishon Lezion Symphony (Israel), the Jerusalem Symphony, the Raanana Symphony and The Juilliard School Orchestra. He has appeared at festivals including the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Mäntta Festival for Virtuoso Pianists in Finland and the Israel Festival. Born in Israel in 1982, Mr. Dank began playing the piano at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University where he studied with Emanuel Krasovsky. Mr. Dank has both a Master's degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein and Robert McDonald.