Tickets: Adult $49, Student $15, Youth $5
Please join us for a free pre-concert Talk by Dr. Paul Shannon at 2 PM in Washburn Hall.
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields—one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world—is renowned for its recorded legacy, polished and refined sound, and outstanding musicianship. This program will feature thought-provoking, multifaceted and compelling pianist Jeremy Denk, recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year.
Read Steven Ledbetter's notes on the program HERE.
Read Richard Duckett's article and interview in 3/26 Worcester Telegram & Gazette HERE
"Denk plays masterfully, opening up each puzzle box in turn with vitality, wit and absolute assurance."
Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields—one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world—is renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Formed in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on 13th November 1959. In 1993, the Academy became the first and only orchestra to be awarded the Queen's Award of Export. Today, the Academy performs some 100 concerts around the world each year, with as many as 15 tours each season. The Academy's Music Director is acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell.
The Academy's partnership with its founder Sir Neville Marriner remains the most recorded pairing of orchestra and conductor and, with over 500 recordings under its belt, the Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world. Originally directed by Sir Neville from the leader's chair, the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductorless ensemble remains an Academy hallmark.
Alongside its performances with Life President Sir Neville, Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, and Music Director Joshua Bell, the orchestra continues to collaborate with some of today's most thrilling musicians including Julia Fischer, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen and Anthony Marwood. The 2012-13 season includes a ten-concert London series features Joshua Bell, Sir Neville Marriner, Janine Jansen, Carolyn Sampson, Laurence Power and Melvyn Tan. The Academy will include European tours with Murray Perahia, Sir Neville Marriner, Joshua Bell and Janin Jansen and a fifteen -concert American tour with Inon Barnatan and Alisa Weilerstein.
The Academy cherishes this close relationship with the United States and its American Friends, who support our vibrant concert programme across the country, as well as our innovative Outward Sound outreach projects and our partnerships with some of the world's most talented soloists and directors.
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields gratefully acknowledges the support of its Principal Sponsor, Siemens.
One of America's most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London, and regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States. Next season, he looks forward to launching a four-season tenure as an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; making debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki and the New York Philharmonic led by Esa-Pekka Salonen; appearing as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony; and performing Bach concertos on tour with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Future engagements also include a return to the Wigmore Hall, and his recital debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam playing the Goldberg Variations, which he will also perform as part of the Barbican's season at LSO St. Luke's, and throughout Europe, including performances at Piano aux Jacobins, the Rheingau Musik Festival, and the Thüringer Bachwochen.
To coincide with the release of his second Nonesuch Records album, Bach: Goldberg Variations, Denk opened the 2013-14 season with performances of the "Goldbergs" in Boston, Chicago, and Washington; the album reached number one on Billboard's Classical Chart and was featured in "Best of 2013" lists by the New Yorker and the New York Times. Other season highlights include his return to Carnegie Hall to play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 on tour with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and performances of the concerto with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Baltimore, as well as with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, leading from the keyboard. This summer, Denk returns to the Tanglewood Festival to perform the Goldberg Variations, and plays Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As Music Director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, he looks forward to performing and curating, and has written the libretto to a comic opera, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) , by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. Inspired by Charles Rosen's eponymous seminal text, the opera—a co-commission of the Ojai Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, and the Aspen Music Festival—features the characters of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Festival will present the opera in 2014-15.
Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its "arresting sensitivity and wit." The pianist's writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. One of his New Yorker contributions, "Every Good Boy Does Fine," forms the basis of a memoir he is writing for future publication by Random House. Recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, his blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives. For his work as a writer and pianist, Out magazine included Denk on its "Out 100" list celebrating the most compelling people of 2013.
In 2012, Denk made his Nonesuch debut with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven's final Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111, and György Ligeti's Études. The album was named one of the best of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post, and Denk's account of the Beethoven sonata was selected by BBC Radio 3'sBuilding a Library as the best available version recorded on modern piano. Denk has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives, and his recording of Ives's two piano sonatas featured in many "best of the year" lists. In March 2012, the pianist was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to appear as soloist in the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks festival, and he recorded Henry Cowell's Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Having cultivated relationships with many living composers, he currently has several commissioning projects in progress.
Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their recently released Sony Classical album, French Impressions, won the 2012 Echo Klassik award. He also collaborates regularly with cellist Steven Isserlis, and has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music, Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen Music, and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
Jeremy Denk has earned degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.