In 2020, pianist Jeremy Denk will embark on a major musical project, performing the first book of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at concert halls across the United States, Europe and the U.K. Highlights will include performances at Perelman Theater in Philadelphia on May 8, Alice Tully Hall in NYC on May 14, and at London’s Barbican Centre on June 12, as well as other dates throughout New York, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Vermont, Germany and more. Remarking on the iconic work, which will have its 300th anniversary in 2022, Denk writes: “What you find here is completely new, rejuvenating, alive; it doesn’t bother tugging at your heartstrings, it just enters your bloodstream.”
In conjunction with the performances, Denk will produce 24 short videos that document his meticulous preparation: one video for each prelude and fugue of Book 1, discussing the technical, musicological, cultural and philosophical elements involved in his approach to this deeply personal work. This complimentary video series will commence in February, with further videos released periodically throughout the year, offering listeners a glimpse into Denk’s creative process in real-time as he prepares and performs the work around the world.
Denk will be artist-in-residence at The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR in New York City throughout Spring 2020, curating and participating in a series of performances and events that center around the music of Bach and the Well-Tempered Clavier.
For more information, visit Jeremy's schedule HERE.