Ran Ke was admitted with honors to the attached Middle School of Tianjin Conservatory of Music and was mentored by Professor Lin Depin. Graduating with distinction, Ke subsequently enrolled in the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), where he studied cello under Professor Yu Mingqing. During his college years, he participated in master classes given by Li-Wei Qin, Andres Diaz and Markus Stocker, among others. Ke was privileged to be mentored by the famous cellist Wang Jian in July of 2012, benefitting greatly from his instruction.
Ke joined the China Youth Symphony Orchestra while in college. In 2012, he played in the opening performances of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, an internationally renown competition. In the same year, Ke served as the principal cellist and performed George Handel’s opera, Semele along with the head of the Music Department at Hong Kong Baptist University. The performance was an enormous success and was highly praised by audiences everywhere. In early 2013, Ke continued to play with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, touring throughout Germany and Austria. While he was in the Philharmonic Society, Ke shared the stage with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Shui Lan, Hu Yongyan and Hu Kun.
Ke is currently an Artist Diploma student at Texas Christian University, studying under Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi.