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Jeremy Denk


Jeremy Denk has established himself as one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States. This season includes a return to Carnegie Hall in recital, as part of thirteen-city tour of the US, as well as a performance of Bach’s complete set of six keyboard concertos in a single evening with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Upcoming engagements include tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Field.

Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, praised by Alex Ross for its “arresting sensitivity and wit” . His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, and his website ‘think denk,’ recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress Web Archives. He looks forward to performing and curating as artistic director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.
In 2012, Mr. Denk made his debut as a Nonesuch Records artist with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven’s final Piano Sonata and György Ligeti’s Etudes. The disc was named one of the best discs of 2012 by the The New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. Later this year, he will release a disc of the Goldberg Variations. Mr. Denk has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives, and his recording of Ives’s two Piano Sonatas was selected for many “best of the year” lists. Last season, he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to appear as a soloist in the San Francisco Symphony’s “American Mavericks” festival, and he recorded Henry Cowell’s Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Denk has cultivated relationships with many living composers, and has several commissioning projects currently in progress.

Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their album French Impressions was recently released on the Sony Classical label, winning the 2012 Echo-Klassik award. He also regularly collaborates with cellist Steven Isserlis. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music, Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, and “Mostly Mozart” Festivals. He lives in New York City, and his web site and blog are at jeremydenk.net.

Jeremy Denk

photo Michael Wilson

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