Tatjana Rankovich was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, where she won three first prizes in national competitions by the time she reached the age of 18. Coming to the United States the following year, she studied at the Julliard School, where she earned Bachelor's and master's Degrees and won the Judelson Award. Her teachers have included: Josef Raieff, Benjamin Kaplin, Zelma Bodzin, and Clifton Matthews. Ms. Rankovich has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and South America, winning awards at the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition and the Artists International Auditions. her frequent appearances as soloist with the Belgrade Radio Symphony have been broadcast live on radio and television. ms. Rankovich is currently on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and the Dalcrzoe School of Music.
Although she is a gifted interpreter of the standard piano repertoire from Bach through Ravel, Ms. Rankovich has also become an enthusiastic advocate for American music, featuring little-known masterworks on her recital programs and recordings. She is the first pianist ever to play the Second and Third Piano concertos of Nicolas Flagello, recording them with the Slovak Philharmonic, Kosice, under the direction of David Amos. ms. Rankovich's performances and recordings of American music have received lavish praise. A "Fanfare" critic wrote, "more than simply and accomplished pianist, she is an intelligent artist, capable of bringing to life a work that has never been played before, and making it sound like an established masterpiece." These sentiments were echoed by Internet critic Steve Schwartz, who wrote, "The performances communicate marvelously. Rankovich strikes me as a thinking musician, rather than as a set of fingers." The American Record Guide found her performances of the Flagello concertos "thrilling," while the Scranton Times described them as "stimulating, technically adept and convincing."