Jeremy Denk receives 2013 MacArthur Genius Award
This year’s 24 recipients of MacArthur Foundation “genius grants” include
Jeremy Denk, who played the Lucas Theatre stage during the 2013 Savannah Music Festival (pictured above).
Denk has steadily built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought provoking repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and London.
Denk is known for his witty and personal music writing, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, and on the website of NPR Music. In 2012, Denk made his debut as a Nonesuch recording artist
with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Ligeti’s highly complex Études and Beethoven’s final Piano Sonata. The pianist’s newest album, ‘J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations’, which he recorded over the winter, comes out Sept. 30 and is currently available as a live stream on NPR Music’s First Listen.