Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, among others.
Last season, Denk embarked on a three-week US tour with Academy St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He also reunited with his long time collaborators, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. Further collaborations included a series of Mozart Violin Sonatas at Carnegie Hall, and performances at Tanglewood with Stefan Jackiw. Abroad, he performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, and Helsinki Philharmonic, and also appeared at Wigmore Hall as part of a three-year residency.
Serving as Ojai Music Festival music director in 2014, Denk wrote the libretto for a comic opera which was later presented by Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, and the Aspen Festival. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, and 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 book for future publication by Random House in the US, and Macmillan in the UK. His blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives.
In 2012, Denk made his Nonesuch debut with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven’s final Piano Sonata, Op. 111, and Ligeti’s Études. 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 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.
Jeremy Denk graduated from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and The Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.