JAAN RANNIK


"A soulful performance." - The Boston Globe

 

Up-and-coming guitarist Jaan Rannik has been receiving acclaim for his exciting interpretations and technical abilities from audiences and competition judges alike. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, he gave his orchestral debut as a soloist with the Charleston County School of the Arts at age 15, performing Vivaldi's concerto in D. The next year, at the age of 16, Jaan began studying with Marc Regnier at the College of Charleston.


In 2010, Jaan received his Master of Music degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, under the tutelage of world-renowned teacher and performer Julian Gray.  During his studies, he was the recipient of a Peabody Scholarship as well as the Richard Franko Goldman Prize for performance.  Additionally, he has performed in master classes with internationally distinguished guitarists such as Pepe Romero,  Jason Vieaux, William Kanengiser, Raphäella Smits, Richard Stone, Ray Chester, Marko Feri, Jeffrey McFadden and Manuel Barrueco. 


In the spring and summer of 2009, Jaan took top prizes in solo competitions in Montreal, Canada and Greenville, North Carolina. Jaan also plays in a duo with acclaimed guitarist Mark Edwards as Duo Jocoso.  In the summer of 2010, Jaan had the distinct honor of being the first guitarist to be admitted to the Yellow Barn Music School & Festival.

 

Aside from his musical interests and pursuits, Jaan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 with a B.A. in German.

 

Jaan performs on a 2010 David Pace double-top guitar.