Artist database

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Ránki Dezső


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

8 September 1951, Budapest

He began his music studies as a pupil of Kinga Domokos and Klara Máthé, then continued at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, where he graduated in 1973, as a pupil of Pál Kadosa and Ferenc Rados.

At the age of 18, still a student, he won first prize in the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau, and since then has given concerts worldwide. He has regularly performed in many European countries, several times in North and South America, and every two or three years in Japan.

He has played with the Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Orchestre National de Paris, Tokyo NHK, and under such well known conductors as György Solti, Sándor Végh, Lorin Mazel and Zubin Mehta.

Chamber music plays an important role in his life. He has given concerts together with Edit Klukon for more than twenty years, both in Hungary and abroad. They have performed the greater part of the repertoire for four hands and for two pianos, and have recorded a version for two pianos of Satie's Socrate and the four-handed version of Liszt's Via crucis.

Prizes and awards:
1972 Grand Prix du Disque
1973 Liszt Prize
1978 Kossuth Prize
1982 Art Prize of City of Budapest
1984 Artist of Merit
1988 Bartók-Pásztory Award
1990 Artist of Excellence
2005 Prima Primissima Prize
2007 for the Hungarian Art Prize
2008 Kossuth Prize

Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Bartók Béla: Gyermekeknek
(Bartók, Béla: For Children)
Warner 2564-62188-2 Own
1972 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Concerti for Two and Three Pianos Hungaroton SLPX 11631 LP
1978 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonatas for Piano Duet Hungaroton LP
1979 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Szonáták gordonkára és zongorára (Összes)
(Beethoven, Ludwig van: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (Complete))
Hungaroton HCD 11928-29 Own
2 CDs
1980 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zongoraszonáták K.283, K.310, K.311, K.545
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Sonatas K.283, K.310, K.311, K.545)
Hungaroton HCD 11835 Own
1981 Bartók Béla: Szonáta két zongorára és ütőhangszerekre; Két kép Op. 10 Sz. 46; Preludio & Scherzo
(Bartók, Béla: Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion; Two Pictures Op. 10 Sz. 46; Preludio & Scherzo)
Hungaroton HCD 12400 Own
1984 Ravel, Maurice: Sonatine, Valses nobles et sentimentales, Gaspard de la nuit etc. Hungaroton HCD 12317 Own
1984 Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.450, K.453
(Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Piano Concertos K.450, K.453)
Hungaroton HCD 12655 Own
1985 Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.271, K.449
(Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Piano Concertos K.271, K.449)
Hungaroton HCD 12685 Own
1988 Kulcs a muzsikához 5: Művészeti korok zenei stílusai Hungaroton
1989 Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.595, K.415
(Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Piano Concertos K.595, K.415)
Hungaroton HCD 12825 Own
1990 The Best Of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Laserlight 15018
1992 Bartók Béla: Mikrokozmosz Sz 107, Gyermekeknek Sz 42
(Bartók, Béla: Mikrokosmos, For Children)
Teldec 76139 Own
3 CDs
1994 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zongoraszonáták négy kézre
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonatas for Piano Duets)
Hungaroton HCD 11794-95 Own
1994 Bartók Béla: III. zongoraverseny; Allegro barbaro; Szvit Op.14
(Bartók, Béla: Piano Concerto No.3; Allegro barbaro; Suite Op. 14)
Hungaroton HCD 31036 Own
1995 Brahms, Johannes: Esz-dúr trió Op. 40; Beethoven: F-dúr szonáta Op. 17; R. Strauss: 8 Andante
(Brahms, Johannes: Trio in E flat major for Horn, Violin and Piano Op. 40)
Hungaroton HCD 12473 Own
1995 Zongorakettősök
(Piano Duets)
Hungaroton HCD 11646 Own
1996 Piano Dreams Laserlight 15844 Further contributor: Rösel, Evelyne Dubourg, Daniel Gerard, Anton Dikov,
Maurizio Pollini, Ivo Pogorelich, Stanislav Bunin...
1996 Chopin, Fryderyk: 24 Prelüd Op. 28; cisz-moll Prelüd Op. 45; Asz-dúr Prelüd
(Chopin, Fryderyk: 24 Préludes Op. 28; Prélude in C sharp minor Op. 45; Prélude in A flat major)
Hungaroton HCD 12316 Own
1997 Brahms, Johannes: f-moll zongoraötös Op. 35; h-moll klarinétötös Op. 115
(Brahms, Johannes: Piano Quintet in f minor Op. 35; Clarinet Quintet in b minor Op. 115)
Hungaroton HCD 11596 Own
1997 Schubert, Franz: A-dúr Zongoraötös D. 667 "A Pisztráng"; Dalok: Die Forelle, Ständchen, Frühlingstraum etc.
(Schubert, Franz: Piano Quintet in A major D.667 "The Trout"; Lieder: Die Forelle, Ständchen, Frühlingstraum etc.)
Hungaroton HCD 31683
1998 Haydn, Joseph: Zongoraszonáták Nos. 54-62; C-dúr és f-moll Variációk;
(Haydn: Piano Sonatas No 54-62; Variations in C major & f minor;)
Hungaroton HCD 11625-26 Own
2 CDs
1998 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zongoraszonáták - Összkiadás, 1. album
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Sonatas - Volume 1)
Hungaroton HCD 31802-03 Own
2 CD
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben III.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 3)
Hungaroton HRC 1049 Echo Collection
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Zongoraművek I.
(Bartók Complete Edition - Piano Works I.)
Hungaroton HCD 31898-901 4 CDs
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 24458 Further contributor: Evelyne Dubourg, Deborah Sipkai, Eckart Haupt, Peter Wohlert, Herbert Kegel...
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 14507 Further contributor: Deborah Sipkai, Evelyne Dubourg, Heinz Fricke, Hans Vonk, Yuri Ahronovitch...
2000 Mozart, W. A.: The Best Of W.A. Mozart Laserlight 24465
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Zenekari művek II.
(Bartók Complete Edition - Symphonic Works II.)
Hungaroton HCD 31888-91
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Zongoraművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Pianists)
Hungaroton HCD 32088-90 3 CDs
2001 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.246, K.365, K.242
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Contertos K.246, K.365, K.242)
Hungaroton HCD 32046
2001 Kadosa Pál: Zongoramuzsika
(Kadosa, Pál: Piano Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31981
2003 Mozart Edition Vol 4 - Piano Concertos Brillant Classics 99720
2004 Classic Moods - Humperdinck, Fauré, Brahms, Schumann, Puccini, Grieg, Schubert, Rheinberger Capriccio C18411
2004 Famous Austrian Composers - Strauss, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Albrechtsberger Capriccio C49370 5 CDs
2005 Satie-Cage: Socrate / Liszt: Via crucis BMC Records BMC CD 100 Own
2010 Dukay Barnabás: Hallomások
(Dukay, Barnabás: Visions Heard)
BMC Records BMC CD 147
2019 The Masters Collection: Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra Hungaroton HCD 32837-39 3 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: Zoltán Kocsis Hungaroton HCD 32840-42 3 CDs
2021 Introduction to Classical Music, Vol. 1 - The Essential Classics of J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart & Others Hungaroton HCD 32854