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Jeremy Denk, piano

Overview

One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship and was named Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year. 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. Last season he returned to Carnegie Hall as part of a 13-city recital tour, in addition to performing at London’s Wigmore Hall. He also toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and played Bach’s set of six keyboard concertos in a single evening with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He will reprise Bach’s concertos on tour with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields next season.

To coincide with the release of his second Nonesuch Records album, Bach: Goldberg Variations, Denk launched the 2013-14 season with performances of the “Goldbergs” in Boston, Chicago, and Washington; the album reached number one of Billboard’s Classical Chart and was featured in “Best of 2013” lists by the New Yorker and the New York Times. Other season highlights include his return to Carnegie Hall to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 on tour with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. He reprises the concerto with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Baltimore, as well as with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, which he will lead from the keyboard. As Music Director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, Denk looks forward to performing and curating, and has written the libretto to a comic opera, The Classical Style, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. Inspired by Charles Rosen’s eponymous seminal text, the opera–a co-commission of the Ojai Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, and the Aspen Music Festival–features the characters of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” The pianist’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. One of his New Yorker contributions, “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” forms the basis of a memoir he is writing for future publication by Random House. Recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, his blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives. For his work as a writer and pianist, Out magazine included Denk on its “Out 100” list celebrating the most compelling people of 2013.

In 2012, Denk made his Nonesuch debut with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven’s final Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111, and György Ligeti’s í‰tudes. The album was named one of the best of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post, and Denk’s account of the Beethoven sonata was selected by BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library as the best available version recorded on modern piano. Denk has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives, and his recording of Ives’s two piano sonatas featured in many “best of the year” lists. Last season, the pianist was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to appear as soloist in the San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks festival, and he recorded Henry Cowell’s Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Having cultivated relationships with many living composers, he currently has several commissioning projects in progress.

Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their recently released Sony Classical album, French Impressions, won the 2012 Echo Klassik award. He also collaborates regularly with cellist Steven Isserlis, and has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music, Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen Music, and Mostly Mozart Festivals.

Jeremy Denk has earned degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City, and his web site and blog are at jeremydenk.net.

"One of Denk's qualities is his genuine sense of discovery and immediacy of the music through his playing. "

-Huffington Post

Jeremy Denk, piano

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Op. 22
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Jeremy Denk Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Medieval to Modern

Jeremy Denk charts the history of Western music from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds of Machaut, Couperin and Frescobaldi to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, the modernists Stravinsky, Cage, Ligeti and Adams, and back to Machaut.

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with David Dubal.

Stefan Jackiw
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Stefan Jackiw, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ives: Violin Sonata No. 1
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 2
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 3
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 4: Children's Day at the Camp Meeting

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Richard Wernick

Jeremy Denk Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Bach: English Suite in G Minor, BWV 808
Byrd: Ninth Pavan and Galliard in D Minor from My Lady Nevells Book
Stravinsky: Piano-Rag-Music
Hindemith: Ragtime from Suite 1922
Hayden/Joplin: Sunflower Slow Drag
Nancarrow: Canon
Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag
Lambert: Pilgrim's Chorus
Haydn: Fantasia in C Major, Hob. XVII:4
Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with David Dubal

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50
Janáček:  On the Overgrown Path [Selections]
Schubert: Selections from Ländler, D. 366
Schubert: No. 4 in C-sharp Minor, from Moments musicaux, D. 780
Schubert: No. 5 in F Minor, from Moments musicaux, D. 780
Schubert: No. 3 in D Major, from Ländler, D. 790
Schubert: No. 10 in C Major, from Ländler & í‰cossaises, D. 734
SchubertGrazer Galopp, D. 925
Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Beethoven:  Sonata in E Major, Op. 109

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Jeffrey Kallberg

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 533/494
Mozart: Sonata in A Minor, K. 310
Ligeti: í‰tudes pour Book II [Selections]
SchumannCarnaval, Op. 9
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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schumann: Davidsbí¼ndlertänze, Op. 6
Bach: Aria with Diverse Variations, BWV 988, "Goldberg Variations"

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Tokyo Quartet w/ Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1
Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor

John Adams
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Ensemble ACJW; John Adams, conductor; Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony
Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Andriessen: De Staat

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 533 with Rondo in F Major, K. 494
Ives: Sonata No. 1
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A­-flat Major, Op. 61
Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58

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Andrés Cardenes, violin; Roberto Diáz, viola; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E- ­flat Major, K. 493
Brahms: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 [Arr. for Viola by C. Eredélyi]
DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quartet in E­-flat Major, Op. 87, B. 16

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Monday, January 7, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Kirchner: Sonata No. 2
Carter: Sonata
Ives: Sonata No. 2, ‘Concord, Mass., 1840­-1860'

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B­-flat Major, BWV 825
Bach: Toccata in F­-sharp Minor, BWV 910
Bach: Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
Bach: Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
Bach: Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828

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Soovin Kim, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, January 19, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ives: Violin Sonata No. 1
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 2
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 3
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 4

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Soovin Kim, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 23
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in E­-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, February 3, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beethoven: Sonata in E­-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, “Quasi una fantasia”
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Beethoven: Fifteen Variations and Fugue in E-­flat Major, Op. 35, “Eroica Variations”
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2005 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Bach: Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 544
Bach: English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
Bach: Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs
Janáček: On An Overgrown Path, Set II [Selections]
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Bartók: Sonata
Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 5

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Ida Levin, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2004 - 3:00 PM

Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Lutoslawski: Partita for Violin and Piano
Carter: Piano Sonata
Ligeti: Etudes for Piano, Book I
Kirchner: Duo No. 2 [Philadelphia Premiere]

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Soovin Kim, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Mozart: Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 379
Fauré: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer

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Peter Stumpf, cello and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2003 - 3:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Mendelssohn: Variations concertantes, Op. 17
Strauss: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6
Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, January 17, 2003 - 7:30 pm

Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Debussy: Suite bergamasque
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Bartók: Sonata
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111

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Paula Robison, flute and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Monday, April 8, 2002 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Poulenc: Flute Sonata
Debussy: Syrinx, for Solo Flute
Godard: Suite de Trois Morceaux
Fauré: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13 [Arr. for flute]

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Soovin Kim, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Monday, December 10, 2001 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bach: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018
Bach: Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017
Bach: Violin Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016

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Peter Stumpf, cello and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, December 7, 2001 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bach: Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027
Bach: Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029
Bach: Toccatta in C Minor, BWV 911
Bach: Viola da Gamba Sonata in D Major, BWV 1028

Soovin Kim
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Soovin Kim, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, March 16, 2001 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bach: Violin Sonata No. 2 in F Minor, BWV 1018
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 2
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Monday, May 8, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Schubert: Waltz in E Major, D. 145
Schubert: Waltz in B Major, D. 145
Schubert: Ecossaises, D. 145
Schubert: Waltz in B Minor, D. 145
Schubert: Valse sentimentales in A Major, D. 779
Schubert: Waltz in C-sharp Minor, D. 145
Schubert: Ländler in D-flat Major, D. 145
Schubert: Ländler in B Minor, D. 790
Schubert: Ländler in C Major, D. 734
Schubert: Grazer Galopp in C Major, D. 925
Schubert: Impromptus No. 14, D. 935
Schubert: Piano Sonata in D Major, D. 850

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Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Friday, May 5, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Bach: Toccata in F-sharp Minor, BWV 910
Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
Bach: Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Bach: Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830

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Peter Stumpf, cello and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Sunday, January 31, 1999 - 3:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1
Beethoven: Seven Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fí¼hlen,
from Mozart’s Die Zaubrflöte, WoO 46
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

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Peter Stumpf, cello and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Thursday, January 28, 1999 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Beethoven: Twelve Variations in G Major on See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes, from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2
Beethoven: Twelve Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2

New York Times

“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.”

Huffington Post

“One of Denk's qualities is his genuine sense of discovery and immediacy of the music through his playing. ”

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