The Center for the Performing Arts presents Musical America 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year pianist Jeremy Denk, Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at Schwab Auditorium. Denk's performance is a part of the Classical Music Project, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which provides opportunities to engage students, faculty, and the community with classical music artists and programs.
Denk, recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship, has built a reputation as a compelling artist who performs a broad repertoire. “Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination—both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing,” writes a New York Times critic. Denk, who often performs as a soloist with America’s great orchestras, recently released a CD/DVD set of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A New York Times critic writes that Denk has a “profound affinity with Bach.” A Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer calls his Goldberg interpretations “mesmerizing.” Ligeti/Beethoven, his Nonesuch recording debut released in 2012, paired works by György Ligeti and Ludwig van Beethoven. “All in all,” a BBC Music reviewer writes, “it’s a marvel.” Denk tours widely with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. French Impressions, their 2012 Sony Classical recording of music by César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Maurice Ravel, earned rave reviews. The pianist is also lauded for his witty and personal music writing, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, and the NPR Music website. His blog, Think Denk, is frequently referenced by the media and music industry. Denk’s Penn State debut concert includes Fantasy, a work by jazz composer and pianist Brad Mehldau co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State through its membership in Music Accord.
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