Jeremy Denk, piano

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:30 PM

Jeremy was in Gretna twice (2003 and 2004), before he made it big. We are thrilled to have him back for a solo recital.

Listen to Jeremy play one of Gyorgy Ligiti’s Etudes he’ll be performing September 1:


The Artist

Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.“   – The New York Times

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 18-19, Denk embarks on a three-week recital tour of the US, including appearances in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, and culminating in his return to Carnegie Hall. His orchestral highlights include play-directing Mozart with the Toronto Symphony, and on tour throughout the US with Academy St Martin in the Fields. He also returns to the Atlanta and Colorado Symphonies, and continues his work as Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, opening the season directing Beethoven 5 from the keyboard.

In the same season, Denk re-unites with his long time collaborators, Johua Bell and Steven Isserlis, on an eleven-city tour of the US, including appearances in New York, Boston, Washington, and San Francisco. He also performs and curates a series of Mozart Violin Sonatas (‘Denk & Friends’) at Carnegie Hall. Further collaborations include performing the Ives violin sonatas at Tanglewood with Stefan Jackiw. Abroad, he returns to the Barbican in London to reunite with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, makes his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony, and returns to the Helsinki Philharmonic. He also appears in recital in Europe, including his return to the Wigmore Hall as part of a three-year residency. His recording c.1300-c.2000 will be released by Nonesuch Records with music ranging from Guillaume de Machaut, Gilles Binchois and Carlo Gesualdo, to Stockhausen, Ligeti and Glass.

Jeremy Denk graduated from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City, and his web site and blog are at

The Program

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

English Suite No. 2 in a minor, BWV 807





Bourée I

Bourée II



György Ligeti (1923-2006)

Etudes, Book 1

Désordre: Molto vivace, vigoroso, molto ritmico

Cordes à vide: Andantino rubato, molto tenero

Touches bloquées: Vivacissimo, sempre molto ritmico; Feroce,

impetuoso, molto meno vivace; Feroce, estrepitoso; Tempo


Fanfares: Vivacissimo, molto ritmico, con alegria e slancio

Arc-en-ciel: Andante con eleganza, with swing

Automne à Varsovie: Presto cantabile, molto ritmico e flessibile


Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514, “The Dance in the Village Inn”




Alban Berg (1885-1935)

Piano Sonata, Op. 1


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17

Durchaus Fantastisch und Leidenschaftlich Vorzutragen; Im Legenden-


Mäßig; Durchaus Energisch

Langsam getragen; Durchweg leise zu halten


Venue Details

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508