Great Compositions

Fri 02/11/2018 19:00 - 21:00
Tickets: 37.00-7.00 €

Introduction

The energetic humour of Ludwig van Beethoven meets the English spirit of Edward Elgar in this concert of two great compositions. The evening’s soloist is Jeremy Denk, an American pianist and author who is already familiar to audiences of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Having risen from the “El Sistema” music system of Venezuela to the world’s concert stages, Domingo Hindoyan arrives at last in Helsinki.

Jeremy Denk
 
Jeremy Denk (b. 1970) can certainly not be accused of letting the grass grow under his feat. Many have called him a genius, most recently on his winning the MacArthur Foundation Genius fellowship in 2013. Not only a pianist, he is also an active writer and at university read chemistry in addition to music. Having discovered his passion for writing, he launched his popular Think Denk blog in which he strips classical music of some of the myths surrounding it and has, among other things, made a linguistic-musicological analysis of a statement by a candidate for the Miss America title, proposed a bill to increase the rights of pianists and described random encounters on the subway. He nowadays writes for The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times and The New Republic.
 
Denk has performed the first Beethoven Piano Concerto many times – for example in New York with Esa-Pekka Salonen. He regularly gives two or three recitals a week, so no wonder he is sometimes busy.
 
Follow Jeremy Denk on Twitter @JeremyDenk

Artists

  • Domingo Hindoyan

    conductor

  • Jeremy Denk

    piano

Programme

  • 19.00
    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Pianokonsertto nro 1

  • 21.00
    Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 1

Frequently Asked Questions

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