Jeremy Denk, pianist
American pianist Jeremy Denk 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, is known for his particular devotion to the music of Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach and American visionary Charles Ives. 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 debut concert includes Fantasy, a work by jazz composer and pianist Brad Mehldau co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State through its membership in Music Accord.
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