Ramez Mhaanna

Ramez Mhaanna is an internationally recognized pianist and has completed his bachelor’s degree in Gnesin Music Academy in Moscow and his master’s and soloist degrees at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

From an early age he has won prizes in Danish and international piano competitions, among others first prize in “Musica Classica” Moscow 2010 and first prize in “Musical Seasons in Prague” 2011. In recent years, he was awarded, among other prizes, Silver Medal in 1st Vienna Music Competition 2019 and the award for best performance of Danish repertoire in Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition 2019. Besides that, Ramez is the recipient of a number of honorary awards among others – Leonié Sonnings Talent prize 2019, Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Talent prize 2020 etc. and was granted permission to borrow a brand new Steinway Grand Piano by the Augustinus Foundation in 2021.

Ramez has been performing with solo and chamber music recitals in prominent music festivals in Denmark such as Copenhagen Summer Festival and Bornholms Musikfestival and in venues such as Tivoli Concert Hall, Den Sorte Diamant, DR Koncerthuset and Musikhuset Aarhus. He has been performing as a soloist with orchestras such as Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Qingdao Orchestra, Royal Danish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and Copenhagen Sinfonia.

From 2017 to 2019, Ramez toured in China with violinist Kehan Zhang and performed in more than 30 different major concert halls in the country. During his stay in Russia he has performed in prestigious festivals such as “V storonu Vyborga and “Levithan festival”.

In 2021, Ramez and violinist Christine Bernsted released two critically acclaimed albums – the debut album with Beethoven’s Kreutzersonata & Schuberts Fantasy for violin and piano and an album with Nordic Music – Violin sonatas by Grieg and Nielsen.

Ramez has in collaboration with Christine Bernsted produced the podcast CLASH which is an alternative podcast about classical music that makes the genre more accessible for a broader audience. The program has been called “original and insightful” by the Danish newspaper Politiken.

Alongside drag queen Betty Bitchslap, Ramez has created the show Kinky Classics that combines humor, drag and classical music. It was recently performed in Theatre Grob and has come on pov.international’s list of top 10 queer events in 2021.