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
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street
- $10/CSU students
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“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.
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
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