Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Thursday, June 30, 8 PM
JEREMY DENK, piano
PROGRAM: Medieval to Modern
Jeremy Denk charts the history of Western music from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds of Machaut, Couperin, and Frescobaldi to Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, the modernists Stravinsky, Cage, Ligeti, and Adams, and back to Machaut.
Tickets: $79, $72, $55 (fees may apply)
Winner of the 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award, Jeremy Denk has established himself as one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted and compelling artists. He has appeared as a recitalist and soloist with major orchestras throughout the country, including a recent performance of Bach’s complete set of six keyboard concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Additionally, he recently launched a four-season tenure as an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which has appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. This year, he performs and serves as music director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera. His recent recording of Beethoven’s final piano sonata and selected György Ligeti Etudes was named one of the best discs of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. His recording of the Goldberg Variations reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart and his Ives’s Piano Sonatas were selected for many “best of the year” lists. Denk tours frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their album French Impressions won the 2012 Echo Klassik Award.
“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