Current Obsession: New York’s blogger-pianist Jeremy Denk

Current Obsession: New York’s blogger-pianist Jeremy Denk

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Jeremy Denk has recorded three well-received solo albums, toured with classical violin superstar Joshua Bell and played with many of the great orchestras in many of the great halls. But he’s best known as a blogger. Think Denk, which started life as a humble Blogspot site, details the travails of a classical pianist—hours lost to practicing, bouts of self-doubt, wonderfully geeky close reads of the music he’s practicing—in a mode that’s best described as indulgent self-parody. It also spawned a second career for Denk as a writer. His New Yorker article on what it’s really like to make a classical recording was my favorite piece of music writing last year. Tonight and tomorrow afternoon, he joins the TSO for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.

January 9–10. $29-$82. Roy Thomson Hall, 416-593-4828, tso.ca

Andrew D’Cruz is an online editor at Toronto Life. He edits The Dish and The Hype.