Described by The New York Times as “astonishingly good pianist”, Tatjana Rankovich is one of the most versatile pianists of her generation, committed to continuously expanding the boundaries of the traditional repertoire, constantly searching for and discovering new contemporary music and devoting her interest to performing rarely heard works of the past. An innate instinct to create a spectrum of different traditions, styles, old and new, known and unknown, is the very essence of her as an artist and takes a special place with every one of her concerts.
Ms. Rankovich is an enthusiastic advocate of 20th and 21st century American music, and has recorded and performed a number of premieres. She is the first pianist ever to play the First, Second and Third Piano Concertos of Nicolas Flagello, recording them with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Naxos, June 2005, chosen for the “best of the year” album in 2007 by Fanfare magazine) and the Slovak Philharmonic, (Artek, 1996), which was released to unanimous praise and chosen for one of the five “best of the year” recordings in 1996 and again in 1999, by Fanfare magazine.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Rankovich is a laureate of numerous first prizes and awards. She has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Central and South America and as a guest soloist with the Slovak Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, San Diego Tifereth Orchestra, Belgrade Radio Symphony, The Novi Sad Chamber Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic. In 2002 and again in 2006, as a part of the Fulbright Grant, Ms. Rankovich appeared in recitals throughout Serbia and Montenegro and, as a Cultural Ambassador gave master classes at the Belgrade Conservatory. Ms. Rankovich is one of the main artists performing annually at the prestigious New York Contemporary Festival “Keys To The Future”, where she received only lavish praise for her many premiere performances.
Ms. Rankovich studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, (former Yugoslavia), at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Juilliard School, where she earned Bachelors and Masters degrees, as well as, the Judelson Piano Award, Gina Bachauer Scholarship and the teaching Fellowship Grant. She studied with Benjamin Kaplan in London, Josef Raieff at the Juilliard School, Clifton Matthews in Switzerland and North Carolina and with Arbo Valdma in Yugoslavia.
Ms. Rankovich was a featured artist on many radio and television programs worldwide. She has recorded several highly acclaimed discs for Phoenix USA, Naxos, Artek, Dezil, Citadel and IBOX. Many of her premiere recordings were described as “splendid” and “superb.” In his review (Classical Net, 2008), of the Naxos/Flagello Piano Concerto CD, Steve Schwartz writes: “The concerto holds no terrors for Serbian pianist Tatjana Rankovich, one of my favorite performers, who routinely takes risks on unknown repertoire. She undoubtedly knows like the back of her well-muscled hand the Russian school of piano writing Flagello makes use of. She plays with fiery power. At the end of the recording I, without giving it a thought, stood up. Imagine what she would do to a live audience.”
In 2008, Tatjana Rankovich was one of the recipients of the prestigious State Award, “Golden Badge”, awarded annually by the Serbian Ministry of Diaspora in Belgrade, Serbia.
Ms. Rankovich has an extended teaching studio and she is presently on the piano faculty in the Preparatory Division at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Visit her on the web at www.tatjanarankovich.com