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Celebrated American Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs at Middlebury October 7

September 16, 2015

MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Presents Unusually Broad Repertoire

JeremyDenk-cred-PBS.jpgMiddlebury, VT—Jeremy Denk, one of America’s most thought-provoking, multifaceted, and compelling artists, will perform the second Performing Arts Series concert of the 2015–2016 season on Wednesday, October 7 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award.

JeremyDenk-cred-MichaelWilson.jpgDenk is known for his broad-ranging repertoire, and his Middlebury program is no exception. He will perform Western European classical compositions by Bach and Beethoven, as well as 19th- and 20th-century American pieces by ragtime “king” Scott Joplin and modernist Charles Ives. The New York Times calls Denk “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.”

Denk’s illustrious musical career has taken him all over the world. Last season, he launched a 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 U.S. He also appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the L.A. Philharmonic, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen, and made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as at the BBC Proms, both in recital and with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. Following the release of his disc of the Goldberg Variations—which reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart—he performed the piece throughout Europe, including his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at London’s LSO St. Luke’s. In 2014 Denk served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival. In addition to performing and curating there, he wrote the libretto for a comic opera that was presented by Carnegie Hall last season.

JeremyDenk2-cred-MichaelWilson.jpgDenk is also renowned for his original and insightful writing on music, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the New RepublicThe 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 in the U.S. and Macmillan in the U.K. The artist’s widely read blog “Think Denk” is highly praised in the music press, and was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives. New Yorker music critic Alex Ross described Denk as “a superb musician who writes with arresting sensitivity and wit… This is a voice that, effectively, could never have been heard before the advent of the Internet: sophisticated on the one hand, informal on the other, immediate in impact. Blogs such as this put a human face on an alien culture.”

JeremyDenk-cred-SamanthaWest.jpgDenk has distinguished himself with his portfolio of acclaimed recordings. 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 recoding of the Beethoven sonata was selected by BBC Radio 3’s “Building a Library” 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, and his web site and blog are at jeremydenk.net.

The concert by Jeremy Denk will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in Robison Hall (Concert Hall) at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

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