Press Quotes

January 18, 2021
"Some of the best Beethoven I've experienced recently — a commanding performance of the concerto, with Denk offering an emotionally penetrating interpretation full of technical skill and deeply involving twists and turns. And the engaging cinematography makes him an even more entertaining player to watch, one sometimes seemingly swept away by the music. You may be, too."
November 23, 2020
"Denk played in his typical probing but firmly directed manner, equal parts scientist and poet."
September 2, 2020
"Consider the festival's final program of two Beethoven sonatas played by the superb duo of violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. Performance doesn't get any better than this."
July 26, 2020
"Denk’s brief description of [Beethoven's last piano sonata] is a must-listen."
July 2, 2020
"Meanwhile, for his 'How to Think Like Bach' program, pianist Jeremy Denk invited neuroscientist Daniel Levitin to discuss how Bach’s ingenious resolution of dissonance might be something that can help the brain build neural bridges toward the optimism we desperately need to get through the day."
April 17, 2020
"The pianist shares his spoken observations and insights with natural charm and humility"
March 9, 2020
"The American Jeremy Denk was soloist in a fresh, inventive and engrossing performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vänskä.... Denk gave the left hand its own emphasis and vitality, helping us hear the structure, as well as the humour in Beethoven’s familiar but never knowable work."
"Denk’s razor-sharp responses to his fellow players had plenty of humour to them, laugh-out-loud funny in sudden flashes throughout the finale."
"Denk’s playing was particularly seductive ... he added elements of both delicacy and wit to the mix."
"One of America’s foremost pianists, Mr. Denk was dazzling at the Steinway, his magical fingers a total blur and his reward was much cheering, whooping and foot-stomping from a most appreciative audience."
“In Bach’s English Suite No. 3, his jazzy ­tempos and crisp articulation brought fresh ­perspectives to the Prelude, Courante and ­Gavotte.”
“What caught the ear most was the sensitive, spontaneous phrasing and the pearly quality of his tone when spinning out melodic lines.”
"As the antihero keyboard soloist, Denk’s poised luminous touch in the spare solo part was an ideal partner for the scrupulously detailed and laser-like orchestral playing led by Tilson Thomas."
"An unerring sense of the music’s dramatic ­structure and a great actor’s intuition for ­timing, Denk was the provocateur who urged his ­colleagues to dare all, to unleash every calorie of emotional heat."
"With impish charm, he performed this ­grandest of Mozart concertos with light-hearted ­irreverence. Each note sounded fresh and alive, as if thought through anew…"
"One measure of how fully he is able to draw the listener into his own ­feeling of ­renewed discovery when playing the “Goldbergs” was how quietly and ­attentively the audience took in all 70 minutes of this opening recital of the Symphony ­Center Presents Piano Series, ­before breaking into sustained applause."
"The most viscerally ­exciting, ­emotionally ­absorbing and ­intellectually rich ­account of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto that I have ever heard in ­concert."
"An artist you want to hear no matter what he performs."