Jeremy Denk playing piano
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Jeremy Denk, Piano Master Class


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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata in E Minor BWV 914                                        
Jason Kim, piano

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11                         
     I. Un poco Adagio - Allegro vivace                      
Jihye Kim, piano

William Bolcom  (b. 1938)    
Nine New Bagatelles                                                          
     I. The Ghost Mazurka                                                  
     II. Aimai-je un rêve?
     III. Forgotten Prayers
     IV. Cycle de I’univers
     V. La belle rouquine 
     VI. Pegasus
     VII. The Endernight
     VIII. Recess in Hell
     IX. Circus Galop
Alex Fang, piano

Artist's Biography

Jeremy Denk is one of America's foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy St. Martin in the Fields, and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. In 2014, Denk served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival. He is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its "arresting sensitivity and wit." The pianist's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. One of his New Yorker contributions, "Every Good Boy Does Fine," forms the basis of a book for future publication by Random House in the US, and Macmillan in the UK.

In 2012, Denk made his Nonesuch debut with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven's final Piano Sonata, Op. 111, and Ligeti's Études. The album was named one of the best of 2012 by The New Yorker, NPR, and Washington Post, and Denk's account of the Beethoven sonata was selected by BBC Radio 3's Building a Library as the best available version recorded on modern piano.

Jeremy Denk graduated from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School.

About SFCM's Piano Department

SFCM pianists study in a focused, energized, and supportive environment. Artist-teachers with a wealth of international performing experience provide close instruction and mentorship to an exclusive group of fewer than 50 students. Performance opportunities within the Conservatory and around San Francisco help prepare students for a career at the highest professional level. Students also have the chance to enter a yearly concerto competition, the winner of which performs with the Conservatory Orchestra. Interdepartmental collaboration, guest artist residencies, and master classes round out a transformative piano education. Recent guest artists include Leon Fleisher, Garrick Ohlsson, Sergei Babayan, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Emanuel Ax.

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