Musical America Honors Jeremy Denk '90 and ICE

November 6, 2013

Cathy Partlow Strauss

Portraits of the two people named.

Oberlin alumni are featured prominently in the newly announced Musical America Awards, an annual celebration of artistic excellence and achievement in the arts since 1960.

College and conservatory alumnus Jeremy Denk ’90 was named 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year. Recently praised for his performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations—the Washington Post noted its “revealing journey into the soul”—and a recipient of the latest round of MacArthur "genius" awards, Denk was cited by Musical America for his "multifaceted artistry."

Also honored was the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a flexible ensemble of 33 artists—many of them Oberlin graduates—headed by executive director Claire Chase ’01. Musical America named ICE its 2014 Ensemble of the Year for its inspired style of music making and its success in distinguishing itself in the world of new music.

The artists will be profiled in feature-length articles in the Musical America 2014 Yearbook, to be released in mid-December. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Lincoln Center on December 17.

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