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  • Close-up photo of Jeremy Denk wearing a jacket and blue shirt.
  • Jeremy Denk sits at a table with a notebook and pen.

Jeremy Denk, pianist

7:30 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Musical America named pianist Jeremy Denk its Instrumentalist of the Year for 2014. Denk, recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship, has built a reputation as a compelling artist who performs a broad repertoire. “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,” writes a New York Times critic. Denk, who often performs as a soloist with America’s great orchestras, recently released a CD/DVD set of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A New York Times critic writes that Denk has a “profound affinity with Bach.” A Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer calls his Goldberg interpretations “mesmerizing.” Ligeti/Beethoven, his Nonesuch recording debut released in 2012, paired works by György Ligeti and Ludwig van Beethoven. “All in all,” a BBC Music reviewer writes, “it’s a marvel.” Denk tours widely with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. French Impressions, their 2012 Sony Classical recording of music by César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Maurice Ravel, earned rave reviews. The pianist is also lauded for his witty and personal music writing, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, and the NPR Music website. His blog, Think Denk, is frequently referenced by the media and music industry. Denk’s Penn State concert includes the world premiere of Fantasy, a work by jazz composer and pianist Brad Mehldau. The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State co-commissioned the composition through its membership in Music Accord. The program also includes Mozart's Piano Sonata, K. 533, and two works by Schumann—Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the League of David) and Carnaval.

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.

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Piano Master Class

10:00 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe a piano master class led by Jeremy Denk. Chris Guzman, assistant professor in piano at Penn State, hosts the two-hour session.

Classical Coffeehouse
Jeremy Denk

8:00 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hintz Family Alumni Center's Robb Hall

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

The second Classical Coffeehouse of the 2013–2014 season features a performance by and discussion with award-winning classical pianist Jeremy Denk. A Penn State student who attended the first Classical Coffeehouse called it “one of the best performing arts events I’ve attended in my five years here.” Enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Schwab Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Denk, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.