Lana Bode

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Music | Academic Studies | Keyboard | Vocal Studies
Contemporary Repertoire; Keyboard Musicianship
Lana Bode


Lana Bode is an American-British pianist, programmer and artistic director, whose performance is ‘expertly calibrated’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘deeply examined’ (Gramophone). She specialises in contemporary music and innovative cross-arts programming. She has shared the stage with singers and instrumentalists of the highest calibre including Robert Cohen, Marcus Farnsworth, Alessandro Fisher, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Emma Halnan, Anna Harvey, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore, Lucy Schaufer and James Turnbull. She is also a member of the Tailleferre Ensemble.

An acclaimed and in-demand recitalist, Lana regularly appears in concert halls and festivals across the UK, including Aldeburgh Festival, Barber Institute, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Opera Holland Park, Purcell Room, Snape Proms and Wigmore Hall. She also performs internationally in the USA and across Europe, and can frequently be heard in live broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

A champion of new music, Lana has performed the world premieres of works by Terence Allbright (Two Pierrot Songs), Charlotte Bray (Crossing Faultlines, Oxford Lieder Festival), Cevanne Horrocks-Hoppaiyan (Pleasurable Death, HERA), Stuart MacRae (Lovely ter of lovely eye with Lucy Schaufer), Kevin Malone (HerStories Unsung, Vol.2), Zoë Martlew (In the Park with Alessandro Fisher), Jeremy Thurlow (A London Street in Winter) and Mark-Anthony Turnage (Of Nature’s Light, Opera Holland Park). Lana has also collaborated with composers Alison Bauld, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Helen Grime, Sadie Harrison, Libby Larsen and Judith Weir.

As pianist and musical director for operatic productions, Lana has appeared in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (Hampstead Garden Opera), Generation (HERA), Scott Eyerly’s My Life Online (Edinburgh Festival) and Warten auf Gertrude (FMK, Berlin).

In 2019, she released her highly-acclaimed debut album I and Silence: Women’s Voices in American Song with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons. 2023 saw the release of two further discs: There are things to be said (Ulysses Arts) with the Tailleferre Ensemble, and dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices (Delphian) with soprano Samantha Crawford.

In addition to her role at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Lana has been engaged to adjudicate and lead masterclasses and workshops at Durham University, Manchester University, University of St Andrews and Epsom College.

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.