On the heels of his momentous Avery Fisher Prize win last month, Jeremy Denkperforms Bach’s Goldberg Variations and selections from Ligeti’s Études in London’s historic LSO St. Luke’s church on May 24. Presented as part of the Barbican Centre’s month-long festival celebrating “Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records,” Denk’s recital program recalls his two hit releases for the groundbreaking label: Ligeti/Beethoven, named one of the “Best of 2012” by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post, and Bach: Goldberg Variations, which reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart and made “Best of 2013” lists in the New Yorker and the New York Times. Next Denk heads to Southern California for the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, where, as Music Director of the 68th season, he looks forward to performing, speaking, curating, and presiding over the world premiere production of The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts), a comic opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, set to a libretto by the pianist himself. As the Wall Street Journal observes, “of all America’s up-and-coming classical instrumentalists, Jeremy Denk, the pianist-blogger who won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ in September, might well be the most interesting.”
It has just been announced that Jeremy Denk – "one of his generation's most eloquent and thoughtful interpreters" (New York Times) – has won the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music's most coveted honors. Selected for his artistic excellence and outstanding contributions to the music world, the pianist, who is also a former Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, will be formally recognized at an invitational ceremony on Thursday, May 29, at Lincoln Center. Denk has also been named as the newest Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where his three-year tenure will begin in the 2014-15 season.