Born in 1992 to Russian and Kurdish parents, Lana Anikina Suran began her musical studies at the age of six at Musikskolan Lilla Akademien in Stockholm with Victoria and Elena Power. She has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician in concert venues around the world including Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, Bargemusic, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Wiener Saal, Louisiana Museum of Fine Arts, Salle Cortot, Edvard Grieg Concert Hall, Casa da Música in Porto, Casa de la Música in Quito and all major concert halls in Sweden.
First Prize winner of the Peter Jablonski Competition and Berlingske Tidende Musikkonkurrence, Second Prize winner at the 17th Young Musician International Competition Città di Barletta and Tenerife International Piano Competition, Lana won the prestigious Paskéll Prize for the Arts given by SWEA International in 2015 with recognition for her “unique poetry and musical drama.” Lana won First Prize at the Swedish Steinway competition in 2001 and has since been hailed by critics for her “unique expressive character” and “artistic precision.” Lana has made concerto appearances with Dalasinfoniettan and the Napolinova Chamber Orchestra and has appeared in live recordings for both Swedish and foreign Radio and Television. Notable chamber music collaborations include performances with Andrey Baranov, Astrid Schween of the Juilliard Quartet and the Kodály String Quartet. Summer engagements have included studies, residences and performances at international festivals such as Musica Mundi Festival in Belgium, Festival Internacional de Música de Esmeraldas in Quito, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Giresta Musik, ICMF Stavanger, IKIF, Jiri Hlinka Academy, Internationaal Kammarmuziek Festivaal Schiermonnikoog and From Easter to Ascension International Festival in Tbilisi.
Lana gave her debut recital at the Helsingborg Piano Festival in 2014, performing alongside Marc André-Hamelin and Haochen Zhang. An active supporter of contemporary music, Lana had the honor to perform “Songs of Insurrection” by Frederic Rzewski for the composer as part of his 80th birthday celebration at Mannes School of Music in 2018. Her recording of “…such words as it were vain to close…” for solo piano by J.K Randall was released by Open Space in New York (December 2019). She has participated in masterclasses and worked closely with Richard Goode, Oxana Yablonskaya, Emanuel Krasovsky, Alon Goldstein, Maxim Mogilevsky, Pavlina Dokovska, Nina Lelchuk, Svetlana Navasardian, Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Biss, Lucy Chapman, Laurence Lesser, Tomas Riebl, Frank Wibaut, Hans Leygraf, Lang-Lang, Aquilles Delle-Vigne, Robert Hamilton, Robert Roux, Lev Natochenny, Vladimir Feltsman, Sergei Babayan, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle-Hadland, Marianna Shirinyan, Jens Elvkjaer, Meng Chieh Liu, Borromeo String Quartet, Kodály String Quartet and others.
Lana moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue studies with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Walnut School for the Arts in Boston and went on to earn her B.M and M.M degrees under the tutelage of Alexander Korsantia at New England Conservatory and her A.D at Mannes School of Music with Ursula Oppens as the recipient of the 2019 Steinway Award. Lana joined the teaching roster of Circle Circle in March 2020, a new educational start-up that aims to provide lessons for students of all ages and levels across the world