Lana Bode is an American-British pianist, programmer and artistic director, highly acclaimed for her performances of contemporary music and innovative cross-arts programming. She performs as a solo pianist and in collaboration with leading singers and instrumentalists including Marcus Farnsworth, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore and James Turnbull.
Lana’s recital career has taken her from major London venues to festivals around the UK including Aldeburgh Festival, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, Snape Proms and Wigmore Hall. In August 2019 she released her highly-acclaimed debut album I and Silence: Women’s Voices in American Song with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons.
In the 2020-21 season, she will tour with the Tailleferre Ensemble, return to Oxford Lieder Festival to premiere a new song cycle by Charlotte Bray, and record a new disc dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices with soprano Samantha Crawford (Delphian Records).
A champion of new music, Lana has collaborated with composers Alison Bauld, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Helen Grime, Juliana Hall, Sadie Harrison, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, John Musto and Judith Weir. In addition to her concert career, Lana is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Virginia Woolf & Music concert project, and a member of faculty at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she directs the Voiceworks contemporary song project.
Lana holds a BMus with High Distinction from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and an MMus with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was awarded the coveted Concert Recital Diploma. She was the inaugural winner of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist award, resulting in a year-long residency at Snape Maltings under the mentorship of Roger Vignoles.
Lana’s work is supported by Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Council, Leverhulme Trust, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.