JEREMY DENK, piano

One of the 2013 MacArthur Award Winners, Jeremy Denk has established himself as one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted and compelling artists. He has appeared as a recitalist and soloist with major orchestras throughout the country, including a recent performance of Bach’s complete set of six keyboard concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which has appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. This year, he performs and serves as music director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.  His recent recording of Beethoven’s final piano sonata and selected György Ligeti Etudes was named one of the best discs of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. His recording of Ives’s Piano Sonatas was selected for many “best of the year” lists. Denk has tours frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their album French Impressions won the 2012 Echo Klassik Award.

“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.“
- The New York Times

 

PROGRAM

IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-60”
I. Emerson
II. Hawthorne
III. The Alcotts
IV. Thoreau
BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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