Jeremy Denk on “Fresh Air” today

Today and tomorrow, catch pianist Jeremy Denk as he is featured on public radio and television. First, hear him in conversation today with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air (check local listings for original air times; the audio will be available for streaming here after the broadcast). Tomorrow, at 8 PM EDT, an in-depth profile of Denk airs on WNET Thirteen’s NYC-ARTS program. Following Denk’s career arc from his early days at Oberlin to his meteoric rise in 2012, including a successful debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a debut CD release on the Nonesuch record label, the profile promises to be a comprehensive look at the life and career thus far of one of today’s most exciting and fascinating performers. After the first airing tonight, subsequent broadcasts will be aired throughout the weekend on Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV.


2012 has proven to be a red-letter year for Jeremy Denk, with high-profile debuts and celebrated performances, as well as two very well-received CD releases. Since the beginning of the year, Denk has debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed under Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Now a Nonesuch recording artist, Denk released his first solo recording for the label, Ligeti/Beethoven, on May 15, 2012; he celebrated the release of the CD with a concert at (le) poisson rouge on May 21. The response to Ligeti/Beethoven has been extremely enthusiastic; the Observer called the disc “dazzling,” while NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas praised the album, writing “Denk plays masterfully, opening up each puzzle box in turn with vitality, wit and absolute assurance. He cares deeply and passionately about these pieces, however impenetrable they may seem at first listen – and, through him, so do we.” The release concert was similarly well-received, with extolling Denk’s “almost incomprehensible mastery of the keyboard in almost every region of serious music.”


Denk has always received high praise for his self-written liner notes, as well as his blog, Think Denk, but 2012 has seen his writing horizons broadened significantly. He was published in the New York Times Book Review in February as well as the New Yorker and NPR’s Deceptive Cadence in April, and an essay on Denk’s “Favorite Mistake” ran in this week’s issue of Newsweek (and can be read here). Also this week, a Q&A  interview with Denk that offers insight into Ligeti/Beethoven, as well a sneak peek into potential future plans, was published on the Well-Tempered Ear blog.


More information on tomorrow’s PBS broadcast, as well as subsequent broadcasts, is below.





PBS broadcasts:

May 24

8 PM EDT, Thirteen


May 25



May 26

1:30 AM EDT, Thirteen


May 27

12 PM EDT, Thirteen




Upcoming Performances: 


June 3 

Chicago, IL
Symphony Center Presents
More info

June 21, 22, 23

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Symphony / Tilson Thomas

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

July 6
Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University Performing Arts Center
Bellingham Festival of Music
More info

July 18

College Park, MD

Gildenhorn Recital Hall

University of Maryland

Kapell Competition

Solo Recital


July 28

New Paltz, NY

PianoSummer at New Paltz
Festival Recital
More info

August 3

Aspen, CO
Benedict Music Tent

Aspen Chamber Symphony / Spano

More info

August 16
Santa Fe, NM
The Lensic Performing Arts Center

Beethoven, Haydn, Neikrug
More info

August 18
Santa Fe, NM
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Bach Plus
More info

August 19
Santa Fe, NM
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Zdenek Fibich, Elgar
More info

August 20
Santa Fe, NM
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
More info






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