Jeremy Denk awarded 2014 AVERY FISHER PRIZE "for his outstanding contributions to the music world and his artistic excellence."

03.18.14
Jeremy Denk

  The 2014 Avery Fisher Prize has been awarded to pianist Jeremy Denk—“one of his generation’s most eloquent and thoughtful interpreters” (New York Times). This announcement crowns a sensational season for Denk, who won both a 2013 MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year last fall. Denk will be formally recognized at an invitational ceremony on May 29, at Lincoln Center. His name will join the twenty-one previous Prize recipients on a marble plaque in Avery Fisher Hall including Murray Perahia, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Yefim Bronfman, and Joshua Bell.

Denk has also been named as the newest Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where over the next four seasons, his work with the SPCO will include recording Bach and Stravinsky for Nonesuch Records in addition to giving live chamber and concerto performances, premiering new commissions by both emerging and established composers, and a North American tour with the orchestra.

Earlier this season, Denk's recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations topped the Billboard classical chart and was named one of the “Best of 2013” by the New Yorker and the New York Times. In June he will serve as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival, at which he will perform works by Janácek, Schubert, Ligeti, Ives, and Beethoven, and oversee the world premiere of a new opera, The Classical Style, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and a libretto by Denk himself. The opera will also be performed at Zankel Hall in December. In an article on Denk in yesterday's New York Times, the opera was described as "very much in keeping with [his]...unusual, deeply thought out and simultaneously respectful and irreverent approach to music." Read the full piece here.

In 2014-15, Denk will make his subscription debut with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Susanna Mälkki, and with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Upcoming performances also include returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony

The pianist’s blog, Think Denk, is widely read and enjoyed both within and outside the industry, and he has made witty and personal contributions to the New Yorker, the New York Times Review of Books, Newsweek, the New Republic, and the website of NPR Music. The New Yorker recently published a personal history that will form the basis of Denk’s forthcoming memoir, Every Good Boy Does Fine, to be published by Random House. As the Washington Post observes, he is “one of the most interesting pianists around.”

More information is available at the Avery Fisher Prize website and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's website.