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Piano and Leader

Jeremy Denk is recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year award, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  

Mr. Denk recently appeared with the BBC Symphony at the BBC Proms and made his debuts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and Klavier-Festival Ruhr. His 2017-18 highlights include performances with the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican, where he is artist-in-residence at Milton Court, and the Orchestra of Saint Luke's at Carnegie Hall. He continues as Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he gives the premiere of a new piano concerto written for him by Hannah Lash. He also makes his debut on tour in Asia with recitals in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Seoul. Future projects include reuniting with Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a tour of the US. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2006.

Mr. Denk’s upcoming releases from Nonesuch Records include The Classical Style, with music by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and the complete Ives violin sonatas with Stefan Jackiw. Mr. Denk joins his longtime musical partners Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis in a recording of Brahms's Piano Trio in B major. His other recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Ligeti’s Etudes paired with Beethoven’s final sonata, both for Nonesuch Records, and a recording of Ives’s two piano sonatas. Mr. Denk can also be heard in Cowell’s Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas on the 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 YorkerThe New York Times, The Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He is writing a memoir 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.

Jeremy Denk earned degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.

(September 2017)