Jeremy Denk, piano, received both a B.A. in chemistry from Oberlin College and a B.Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Schwartz. He earned a master's degree in music from Indiana University, as a pupil of Gyorgy Sebok, and a doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Herbert Stessin.
A 1998 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Denk also won the 1997 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which helped launch his national career as a recitalist and concerto soloist. He made a highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in April 1997 as the recipient of the Juilliard School's William Petschek Piano Debut Award. Since then he has given recitals in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and has made numerous orchestral and festival appearances. He has been a featured artist-in-residence on NPR's Performance Today.
Denk has participated in many premieres, including Leon Kirchner's Duo No. 2 (with violinist Ida Levin) at Marlboro in the summer of 2002; Ned Rorem's "The Unquestioned Answer" in the summer of 2003; Jake Heggie's "Cut Time" in May 2001, with the Eos Orchestra; "Alternating Current," a piece written for him by Kevin Puts, at his Kennedy Center recital; Mark O'Connor's "Fiddle Sonata" (with the composer on fiddle) at the Library of Congress; and Libby Larsen's "Collage: Boogie" at the Kennedy Center with the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra and Zubin Mehta.
Solidly committed to chamber music, Denk has collaborated with several leading string quartets, among them the Borromeo, Brentano, Colorado, and Shanghai, and has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, among others. He has spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and been part of "Musicians from Marlboro" national tours.