The College of Arts and Architecture

Piano Masterclass with Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 10:00am
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

Free admission

Pianist Jeremy Denk presents a masterclass for Penn State piano students on Tuesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Esber Recital Hall. The two-hour masterclass will include performances by four students followed by Mr. Denk's feedback.

His public performance on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium includes Fantasy, a work by jazz composer and pianist Brad Mehldau, co-commissioned by the Penn State Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in Music Accord. Denk is presented by the Classical Music Project. For ticket information, click here.


“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.“   – The New York Times

Jeremy Denk has established himself as one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists. He has appeared as soloist with Jeremy Denkthe Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States. This season includes a return to Carnegie Hall in recital, as part of a 13-city tour of the U.S., as well as a performance of Bach’s complete set of six keyboard concertos in a single evening with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Upcoming engagements include tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, praised by Alex Ross for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” Denk’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. His website “think denk,” recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress Web Archives. Denk looks forward to performing and curating as music director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.

In 2012, Denk made his debut as a Nonesuch Records artist with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven’s final piano sonata and selected Gy├Ârgy Ligeti Etudes. The disc was named one of the best discs of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. Later this year, Denk will release a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives, and his recording of Ives’s two Piano Sonatas was selected for many “best of the year” lists. Last season, Denk was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to appear as a soloist in the San Francisco Symphony’s “American Mavericks” festival, and he recorded Henry Cowell’s piano concerto with the orchestra. He has cultivated relationships with many living composers, and has several commissioning projects currently in progress.

Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their album French Impressions was recently released on the Sony Classical label, winning the 2012 Echo Klassik award. He also regularly collaborates with cellist Steven Isserlis. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music, Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, and “Mostly Mozart” Festivals. He lives in New York City, and his web site and blog are at jeremydenk.net.