Born in China, Ms. Duan began piano lessons at the age of five. When she was eleven, she gave her debut solo recital at the concert hall of He Bei Art Center. Since that year, Ran has studied with concert pianist Mr. Bing Han. At the age of twenty, she received her Bachelor of Music degree with honorable mention from China Conservatory.
Ran has participated in many national and international competitions, winning first prize in the 2000 He Bei Piano Competition and an “Outstanding Performance Award” in the 2000 China “Xing Hai Cup” Piano Competition. In the same year, Ran received third prize in the China International Hope Cup Piano Competition. She was also the first prize winner of He Bei Steinway Piano Competition in 2002. In 2004 and 2007, she was named as one of the “Top 30 Pianists” in the Chinese “Golden Bell” Musical Competition.
As a recitalist, she has performed in the Conservatory of He Bei University in 2005 and received excellent reviews. The following year, she gave two recitals in Bei Jing Hall and Tian Jin Concert Hall. In 2009, the He Bei Daily News described her as “a very musical and touching pianist” after her recital in He Bei Art Hall. Ran has attended many music festivals as teaching assistant, such as 2006-2008 Bei Jing International Piano Festival, 2011 Si Chuan International Piano Festival. In 2008, she served a performance in the Varallo International Piano Festival (Italy). As a chamber musician, Ran’s clarinet partner and her have hold several concerts in Cleveland area (2009-2011) and Baltimore (2011). In 2011, after two years study with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Ran received her Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, she is pursuing performing program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and working for CIM distance learning department as a performer and piano teacher.