Texas Performing Arts to Welcome Pianist Jeremy Denk at Bass Concert Hall, 2/27
In 2012, Denk made his debut as a Nonesuch recording artist with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Ligeti's highly complex Études and Beethoven's final Piano Sonata. This album was featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, while BBC Music's review concluded: "All in all, it's a marvel." Besides his enduring devotion to the Baroque master's work, Denk 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. 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. Denk has cultivated relationships with many living composers, and has several commissioning projects currently in progress.
An avid chamber musician, the pianist has most recently spent considerable time touring with violinist Joshua Bell, and French Impressions - their recording of Franck, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel - was recently released on the Sony Classical label, winning the 2012 Echo-Klassik award. Denk also regularly collaborates with cellist Steven Isserlis.
After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory in piano and chemistry, Denk earned a master's degree in music from Indiana University as a pupil of György Sebök, and a doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Herbert Stessin. Denk lives in New York City.
Campus & Community Engagement Event
7:00 p.m. pre-performance lecture by Professor Michael Tusa in Bass Concert Hall lobby
Michael Tusa, Professor Butler School of Music, focuses his interests on nineteenth-century opera, Beethoven, the compositional process, and piano music.
For more information on this performance, visit: http://texasperformingarts.org/season/jeremy-denk-piano-austin.