An active soloist and chamber musician, pianist Jeremy Denk’s repertoire ranges from the standard works of the 18th and 19th centuries to 20th-century masters such as Ives, Ligeti, Lutoslawski and Messiaen, and even further to new works by leading composers of today.
The New York Times described his playing as "bracing, effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous," and he has garnered comparable critical acclaim for his engagements with leading orchestras and presenters around the world. He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Indiana Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others.
In March of 2011 Denk made his long-awaited Los Angeles Philharmonic debut, stepping in at the eleventh hour to replace Martha Argerich with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. In the same month Jeremy Denk graciously agreed to replace Maurizio Pollini in recital. The performance marked his Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Mr. Denk has premiered works by Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Kevin Putz, and Ned Rorem, and, as an avid chamber musician, he has performed at Marlboro Music, toured with “Musicians from Marlboro,” and played at the Santa Fe, Seattle, Verbier, and Spoleto festivals. For his 2008 recital in Zankel Hall, Mr. Denk paired two of the repertoire’s most daunting masterworks—Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata and Beethoven’s Hammerklavier—a highlight of New York’s 2008–2009 concert season. Most recently, he played a sold out recital in Zankel Hall on February 16, performing Ligeti’s Études Books 1 and 2 and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. In the fall of 2010, Mr. Denk released his first solo recording, Jeremy Denk Plays Ives, which includes Charles Ives’s Piano Sonatas 1 & 2, on his Think Denk Media label.
The New Yorker calls him a “superb musician who writes with arresting sensitivity and wit”. His popular blog, “Think Denk”, has been praised by colleagues and the press.
Jeremy Denk appears in the following:
Monday, March 26, 2012
This month on Hammered! we invite three pianists to curate episodes focused on the 20th and 21st century's revolutionary composers. Listen in 11 am and 11 pm this week for episodes hosted by Jeremy Denk.