Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing”, Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and collaborative artist. She won top prize at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, performed in the renowned International Keyboard Festival in New York City, and was 1 of just 4 pianists to be selected by legendary pianist, Leon Fleisher, to participate in his Beethoven Piano Sonata Workshop in Carnegie Hall, where she performed “Hammerklavier” and the “Appasionata Sonata” to critical acclaim.
Renana has soloed with the Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi”, and Mannes College Orchestra, has performed at the Stresa Music Festival (Italy), Ravinia Rising Stars and Dame Myra Hess Conert Series (Chicago), and has been heard in such prestigious venues as St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia Hall (Russia), Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Rockefeller University (NY, Jordan Hall (Boston), Herbst Theatre (St. Francisco), and the Washington National Gallery.
High in demand as a chamber musician, Renana serves as the staff collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, where has performed with violinist Miriam Fried, violinist/violist Paul Biss, and gave a world premiere of a work written by composer Paul Schoenfield. As an alumni of the Marlboro Music Festival, she was selected to go on tour with the “Musicians from Marlboro” where she gave concerts at People’s Symphony Concert Series (NY), Gardnere Museum (Boston), and Freer Gallery (Washington). As a former member of the piano trio “Terzetto”, Renana won 1st Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition in Ohio, performed Beethoven Triple Concerto with Lansing Symphony, and was featured at “Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival”, the Banff Center in Canada, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, and Saugatuck Music Festival in Michigan. Renana also tours regularly with renowned violinist, Dan Zhu.
A native of Israel, Renana began playing the piano at the age of six. Soon recognized as a prodigy garnering multiple awards and honors, she became a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship with distinction from 1992-2004, and later on the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Scholarship. From 2008-2010 Renana was piano faculty at the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the UK, and currently teaches at the
92nd Street Y, and Bard College’s Preparatory Division in New York.
Her most influential teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko in Israel, and Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.