Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, proclaimed by the New York Times ‘a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs’. Denk is also a New York Times bestselling author, winner of both the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In his three-day residency at the University of Arizona, Denk will perform a solo recital which centers on female composers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and also engage with the community in a Q&A session and a master class with UArizona piano students.
Jeremy Denk’s residency is made possible by the Sandra F. Lai Guest Artist Residency in Piano, which was established in 2023 to bring internationally renowned pianists to the University of Arizona.
Sandra F. Lai Guest Artist Residency in Piano
Jeremy Denk at the University of Arizona
Friday, 10/27 at 2p
Saturday, 10/28 at 3:30pm
Jeremy Denk in Recital ($30)
Sunday, 10/29 at 3:30pm
Master Class (free)
Denk has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall, and in recent years has worked with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Further afield, he has performed multiple times at the BBC Proms, and appeared in such halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Boulez Saal in Berlin. He also performs extensively across the UK, including recently with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and play-directing the Britten Sinfonia.
His New York Times Bestselling memoir Every Good Boy Does Fine published to universal acclaim by Random House in 2022. The Guardian heralded it as “an elegant, frank and well-structured memoir that entirely resists cliche. A rare feat… it makes the reader care about Denk beyond his talent for playing the piano.”
Denk’s recording of the Goldberg Variations for Nonesuch Records reached No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Charts. Additionally the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post named his recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor as one of the best discs of the year. Denk also has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives. His recording of Ives’s two piano sonatas similarly featured in many “best of the year” lists.
In the 2022-23 season, Denk will continue his multi-season exploration of Book 1 of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. and will also perform with orchestras and in recitals across Europe and the United States. An avid chamber musician, Denk will also embark on a US tour with the renowned Takács Quartet.