Pianist Jeremy Denk Makes His Santa Barbara Debut

Posted on Mar 1 by SEASONS Magazine

As a piano player, I have a special love and appreciation for classical music—especially when performed well and by someone passionate about their craft. For all lovers of Bach and Beethoven, I can’t recommend enough the Santa Barbara debut of piano soloist Jeremy Denk on Saturday, March 9, at UCSB’s Campbell Hall at 8 p.m., as part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures Winter Festival.

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Jeremy Denk, Courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures

With a doctorate in piano performance from The Juilliard School, Denk brings intelligence and imagination to every piece he plays. He was even named the “smart pianist” by The Washington Post. Denk has a broad repertoire, and when you watch him play, his fingers glide effortlessly over the keys.

Besides his classical accomplishments (and even a side degree in chemistry!), Denk also writes a widely known music blog called “Think Denk.” The humor and wittiness in his blog seeps into his piano playing. That, combined with the colorful complexity of his music, creates a compelling and absolutely brilliant concert!

Denk will give Piano Master Classes as well. The first will be on Thursday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Music Academy of the West, and the next one will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at UCSB Geiringer Hall.

You can also check out Denk’s most recent releases French Impressions (2012) with violinist Joshua Bell, and Ligetti/Beethoven (2012).

For more information and to reserve your ticket now, click here! To view a sample of Denk’s masterful playing, just click on the video below.

— Diane Mooshoolzadeh

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