After receiving First Prize in the First Swedish Steinway Competition in Gothenburg at the age of eight, Lana went on to win all of the national youth competitions in Sweden before moving to the United States at age sixteen. Numerous other prizes followed, including First Prize in the Peter Jablonski Piano Competition, First Prize at the Berlingske Tidendes Musikkonkurens in Denmark, Silver Medal at the 17th Young Musician International Competition Citta di Barletta, and Second Prize at the Tenerife International Piano Competition in 2017. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Lana has made concerto appearances with the Dalasinfoniettan, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Napolinova Chamber Orchestra, among others. Her debut CD, released in the Spring of 2017, includes solo works of Rachmaninoff as well as Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with Daniel Blendulf and the Dalasinfoniettan. In 2018, she had the honor to perform “Songs of Insurrection,” by Frederic Rzewski, for Rzewski himself as part of his 80th birthday celebration at the Mannes Sounds Festival in May 2018. Other notable appearances include a debut recital at the Helsingborg Piano Festival in 2014 where she performed alongside Marc André-Hamelin, Peter Jablonski and Haochen Zhang. Chamber music collaborations include performances with artists such as Andrey Baranov, Astrid Schween of the Juilliard Quartet, and the Kodály String Quartet. Summer engagements have included studies, residences and performances at international festivals such as Musica Mundi Chamber Music Course and Festival in Belgium, PianoSummer at New Paltz, TIMM in Todi, ICMF Stavanger, Lake Como Academy, Salzburg Summer Akademie, Schiermonnikoog Internationaal Kammarmuziek Festivaal, and "From Easter to Ascension" Festival in Tbilisi.
Fluent in five languages and committed to sharing music in the global community, she served as a guest teacher over three summers from 2014 to 2016 at the Aram Tigran music school, a regional music school in Diyarbakir, Turkey, dedicated to providing music exposure and education to Kurdish children in the area. Teaching has also taken on increased importance for her in recent years through her work in the preparatory divisions of the New England Conservatory and Mannes School of Music, as well as through public schools in Brooklyn under the guidance of Simone Dinnerstein. Born in 1992 to Russian and Kurdish parents, Lana began her musical studies with Elena Power and Victoria Power at the Musikskolan Lilla Akademien in Sweden, and later studied under Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Walnut School for the Arts in Boston. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in the studio of Alexander Korsantia at the New England Conservatory, where she taught in the preparatory division and worked as a collaborative pianist. This past spring she completed an Artist Diploma at Mannes School of Music where she studied with Ursula Oppens, worked as chamber music coach in Mannes Prep School, and was awarded the 2019 Steinway Award by Mannes at graduation.
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