One of America's most thought-provoking, multifaceted, and compelling artists, pianist
Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the 2014 Avery Fisher
Prize, in addition to being named Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the
Year. He has recently appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra; New York
Philharmonic; Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and the symphony
orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London.
Last season, Mr. Denk launched his four-season tenure as an artistic partner of The Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra, and performed Bach concertos with Academy of St. Martin in the
Fields in London and on tour throughout the US. Following the release of his disc of J. S.
Bach's Goldberg Variations-which reached number one on Billboard's
Classical Albums chart-he performed the work throughout Europe, including his debut
performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at LSO St. Luke's in London.
Mr. Denk's 2015-2016 engagements include a 14-city recital tour of the US-including
performances in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco, and Miami-that culminates
in his return to Carnegie Hall. He makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony
Orchestra, and appears on tour in recital in the UK, including a return to Wigmore Hall. He
also performs with the Britten Sinfonia in Cambridge, Norwich, Southampton, and
Mr. Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell; their Sony Classical album,
French Impressions, won the 2012 ECHO Klassik award. He also collaborates
regularly with cellist Steven Isserlis. Mr. Denk has appeared at numerous festivals,
including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals, and the Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood,
Aspen Music, and Mostly Mozart festivals. In 2014, Mr. Denk served as music director of the
Ojai Music Festival, for which, besides performing and curating, he wrote the libretto for
the comic opera The Classical Style. The opera was presented by Carnegie Hall last
Mr. 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, 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 for future
publication by Random House (US) and Macmillan Publishers (UK). Recounting his experiences
of touring, performing, and practicing, his blog, Think Denk, was recently
selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives.
Mr. Denk graduated from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and The Juilliard School. He
currently lives in New York City.