Two sets of young performers had a chance to coach with pianist Jeremy Denk, at the Chamber Music Society’s sold out master-class program at the Rose Studio, today. The photo shows the more advanced group, Asi Matathias – an awesome young violinist; pianist Dominic Cheli and cellist Mark Yee. Mr. Denk, in the middle, shared his various opinions and his “baggage”, as he humorously called his own recollections and insights he gained when playing the two chamber-works, Dvořák’s Quintet in A minor, Op.81 and Brahms’ Trio in C minor, op. 101. Avoiding to come across as too authorative, Denk half jokingly admitted to “being a complete idiot, when it comes to the strings”, which did not keep him from going after the exact nuances of balanced sound he had in mind. He managed to give sound advice in the process and contagiously spread his enthusiasm for finding more of the morsels of musical beauties, hidden in the score, among the young players.
Apart from being a sought after pianist with a broad ranged repertoire, Denk is a sought after soloist, who has appeared with many major orchestras. He also is an avid chamber player and has collaborated with some of the finest string quartets. He has been part of “Musicians from Marlboro” national tours and regulary performs with cellist Stephen Isserlis and violinist Joshua Bell.
Denk, who will appear on the CMS Bach Keyboard Concertos program at Alice Tully Hall (December 2 and 4), gave an insightful outlook of his highly praised, deep grasp of musical context to the mostly CMS fan based audience. The master class has been streamed live at ww.ChamberMusicSociety.org/WatchLive