Rana's breakthrough came in 2011 with the first prize and special jury prizes at the Montreal International Piano Competition. "From the moment she sat down at the piano during the first round of the competition, Rana sent chills through the room," reported La Scena Musicale. She almost missed the competition after officials at her high school demanded that she take scheduled exams, but a compromise was finally brokered by her mother. A silver medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition showed that the victory was no fluke, and Rana began to attract honors with a wider time frame, such as inclusion on International Piano's 30 under 30 listing in 2014 and BBC New Generation Artist designation the following year. The year 2015 also saw the release of Rana's rapturously received debut album on Warner Classics
, pairing the Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 (during a performance of which she once broke a piano strong), and the Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1, with the accompaniment of conductor Antonio Pappano
and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
. In 2017 Rana released a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, a work not normally essayed by young pianists.