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.
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