Dezső Ránki completed his studies in 1973, when he graduated from the Budapest Music Academy as a pupil of Pál Kadosa and Ferenc Rados. While still an 18-year-old student, he won first prize at the Zwickau International Schumann Competition and has given concerts ever since. He regularly performs in most European countries and has toured both North and South America on a number of occasions. He visits Japan every 2 or 3 years.
He has played, among other orchestras, with the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Orchestre National de Paris, the NHK Orchestra and worked with a host of distinguished conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Sándor Végh, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. He is an active chamber music performer and in recent years, has given 10 to 15 concerts a year with his partner and wife Edit Klukon, performing music for piano duet and two pianos. They recorded recently works for two pianos of Liszt and Satie for BMC Records. Their most recent concerts were in Washington (an evening of Dukay’s works), Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.
He was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1972, the Liszt Prize in 1973, the Kossuth Prize in 1978 (for the second time in 2008), Art Prize of City of Budapest in 1982, the title of Merited Artist in 1984, the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 1988, the title of Excellent Artist in 1990 and the Prima-Primissima Award in 2005 and the Middle Cross of the Hungarian Republic’s Order of Merit with the Stars in 2006.