Jeremy Denk, piano
How many of you have ever had an opportunity to listen to J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier live and performed by a pianist of the likes of Jeremy Denk? They’re willing to bet that very few have, and Denk will, indeed, play the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Book 1, which is regarded as one of the most important works in classical musical history. A graduate of Oberlin, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School, Denk received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship in 2013 for his work as a soloist, chamber musician, and thoughtful programmer who “often draws out surprising themes and continuities between historically and stylistically disparate works” (MacArthur Foundation). He’s collaborated with such noted musicians as Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, and Stefan Jackiw and has performed with such respected ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In addition to his mad skills as a musician, Denk is a prolific writer and has been recognized for his original and insightful writings on music, which have appeared in the New Yorker, The Guardian, and The New York Times Book Review. For some interesting reading, visit his blog, Think Denk, which was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives.