Sublime artistry, insights into music

jeremy denk, pianist

2014 ‘Instrumentalist of Year’ in concert

Colorado State University’s Classical Convergence Series continues with a concert by Jeremy Denk, pianist. The show is co-presented by the Lincoln Center and Colorado State University.

Tuesday, January 20
7:30-9:30 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Jeremy Denk, pianist
Jeremy Denk’s future engagements include his appearances at the BBC Proms, London’s Wigmore Hall, and his recital debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.


This season

“The series allows us to thoroughly examine the intersection of world-class performers and our community, creating intimate experiences that allow for real interaction with these artists,” said Jack Rogers, general manager for the Lincoln Center.

Building on the classical concert programs of both organizations, the season includes award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, as well as Mother Falcon, the Borromeo String Quartet, Orchid Ensemble, Classical Jam, and the Mendelssohn Trio.

Denk performs master works

Denk’s program features master works including Haydn’s Sonata in C major, H. XVI:50; selections from Schubert’s Ländler, D. 366; excerpts from Janáček’s On the Overgrown Path; Mozart’s Rondo in A minor; Schumann’s Carnaval; and more.

Insightful writing on music

One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award, best known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.”

Denk has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London, and regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States.

Same piece, fresh rendition

So what does it take to be an award-winning pianist? Denk admits that one way is that he never plays a composition the same way twice. Much of his acclaim comes from his ability to bring his own sublime artistry to his work each unique time.

“A conductor I worked with in San Francisco asked me how I played a particular passage when we were playing Mozart last fall,” Denk said from his home in New York. “And I played it for him, then played it again and again. And he said, ‘Do you realize that you just played that three times, and each time it was different?’”

Writing on music

Perhaps it is Denk’s ability to write about music coupled with his virtuosity that contributes to the insight he brings to his work. Denk’s original writing on music 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 memoir for future publication by Random House.

Recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, his blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives. For his work as a writer and pianist, Out magazine included Denk on its “Out 100” list celebrating the most compelling people of 2013.

2014-15 Season

Jeremy Denk, Piano

Tuesday, Jan., 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Joshua Bell, Violin

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Center

Classical Jam

Saturday April 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Borromeo String Quartet

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts