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“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear, no matter what he performs,” wrote The New York Times. Jeremy Denk is a MacArthur Fellow, winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America‘s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year. Performing the same recital at Carnegie Hall two weeks earlier, Denk’s program is a fascinating, musically-rich blend of various musical genres from Bach and Schubert to Art Tatum’s ragtime.

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BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
WILLIAM BYRD The Passinge Mesures: the Nynthe Pavian from My Ladye Nevell’s Booke of Virginal Music
WILLIAM BOLCOM Graceful Ghost (Rag)
ART TATUM Tea for Two
PAUL HINDEMITH Ragtime from Suite 1922, Op. 26
STRAVINSKY Piano-Rag-Music
CHARLES IVES Ragtime Dance No. 3 from Four Ragtime Dances
Ragtime Dance No. 4 from Four Ragtime Dances
CONLON NANCARROW 2 Canons for Ursula, No. 1
DONALD LAMBERT “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Tannhäuser (after Wagner)
SCHUBERT Sonata in D Major, D. 850

Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk

One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London, and regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States.

In 2014-15, he launches a four-season tenure as an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; makes debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki and the New York Philharmonic led by Esa-Pekka Salonen; appears as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony; and performs Bach concertos with Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and on tour throughout the US. Future engagements also include his appearances at the BBC Proms, London’s Wigmore Hall, and his recital debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In 2014 Denk served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which, besides performing and curating, he wrote the libretto for a comic opera. The opera will be presented by Carnegie Hall in the 2014-15 season. To coincide with the release of his second Nonesuch Records album, Bach: Goldberg Variations, Denk opened the 2013-14 season with performances of the “Goldbergs” in Boston, Chicago, and Washington, and went on to perform them as part of the Barbican’s season in London. The album reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart and was featured in “Best of 2013” lists by the New Yorker and the New York Times. Other season highlights included his return to Carnegie Hall with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and appearances at the Tanglewood Festival playing the Goldberg Variations and with the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Last Summer, he also appeared on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing Bach.

  • What did you think of the concert? Did you enjoy Mr. Denk’s program selections? Share your thoughts here!

  • Anne Petersen

    Jeremy Denk was as brilliant as promised! His playing was crisp and emotional, sometimes delightfully so. I loved the concept of considering European uptake of US ragtime, though I couldn’t figure out the composers of all of the pieces, despite the helpful overview. Great evening!

  • Maria Reine

    The medley of pieces (Joplin, Byrd, Bolcom, et. al) in the first half was a revelation and reminded me of the fascinating programming at the festival by David Owen Norris. The Bach and the Schubert were routine and I found myself having to listen with my eyes closed because I was distracted by Denk’s facial mugging.