Performance Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Jeremy Denk

Zankel Hall
Denk returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that juxtaposes a monumental piece from an earlier time with no-less-imposing 20th-century masterworks. But as Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote about Denk’s 2008 Zankel Hall recital of Beethoven and Ives sonatas, this thoughtful interpreter “has the chops, the brains, and the heart to pull it off.”


  • Jeremy Denk, Piano


  • LIGETI Études, Book I
  • LIGETI Études, Book II
  • BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

  • Program is approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes, including one intermission


  • Jeremy Denk

    American pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as one of today's most compelling and persuasive artists with an unusually broad repertoire.

    Mr. Denk has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New World, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Last season, he played concertos by Beethoven, Copland, Mozart, Schumann, and Stravinsky, whose Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments he performed under the direction of John Adams. He appears often in recital in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

    During the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Denk released his first solo recording, Jeremy Denk Plays Ives, on which he plays Charles Ives's piano sonatas nos. 1 and 2. His concerto engagements this season include a US tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan, and Mozart's "Elvira Madigan" Concerto with Peter Oundjian and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Denk maintains working relationships with a number of living composers and has participated in many premieres, including Jake Heggie's concerto Cut Time, Libby Larsen's Collage: Boogie, Kevin Puts's Alternating Current, and Ned Rorem's The Unquestioned Answer. In 2002, he recorded Tobias Picker's Second Piano Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic. He also worked closely with composer Leon Kirchner on many of his recent compositions, recording his Sonata No. 2 in 2001.

    Mr. Denk is an avid chamber musician. He has collaborated with many of the world's finest string quartets, and has appeared at the Italian and American Spoleto festivals, the Santa Fe and Seattle chamber music festivals, the Verbier and Mostly Mozart festivals, and the Bravo! Vail Valley and Bard music festivals. He has spent several summers at the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont and has been part of "Musicians from Marlboro" national tours. He regularly collaborates with cellist Steven Isserlis at New York's 92nd Street Y, and gives numerous lectures and master classes.

    The artist's widely read blog, Think Denk, is highly praised and frequently referenced by many in the music press and industry. Mr. Denk writes about touring, practicing, and otherwise unrelated experiences, as well as delving into fairly detailed musical analyses and essays.

    After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory in piano and chemistry, Mr. Denk earned a master's degree in music from Indiana University as a pupil of György Sebők, and a doctorate in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Herbert Stessin. Visit for more information.
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Bach Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 (Gigue)
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Azica Records
Ives Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840–1860": The Alcotts
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Think Denk Media

This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes.