Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, and London, and regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2006.
In 2014-15, Mr. Denk launches a four-season tenure as an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, makes debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and performs Bach concertos on tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (including two performances at Davies Symphony Hall in March). Future engagements also include a return to Wigmore Hall, and his recital debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which he will also perform as part of the Barbican's season at LSO St. Luke's, and throughout Europe.
Mr. Denk’s debut recording for Nonesuch Records juxtaposed Ligeti’s Etudes with Beethoven’s final sonata. The disc was named one of the best albums of 2012 by the The New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. His second recording for the label, of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released in September 2013. Mr. Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their album French Impressions on the Sony Classical label won a 2012 ECHO Klassik Award. He can also be heard in Cowell’s Piano Concerto on the San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks recording on SFS Media.
Mr. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music. His blog,think denk, was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives, and he has written pieces for The New Yorker, The New York Times ,and the New York Review of Books. His New Yorker essay“Every Good Boy Does Fine,” forms the basis of a memoir he is writing for future publication by Random House. In 2014 he served as music director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which he also wrote the libretto for a comic opera The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts), inspired by Charles Rosen’s book, with music by Steven Stucky. The opera will be presented by Carnegie Hall in the 2014-15 season.
Jeremy Denk completed studies at Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.