Classical pianist Jeremy Denk will be performing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on April 4 and 6.
In the fall of 2013, Denk was recognized with a MacArthur Fellowship for his artistics originality, and for an approach that often subverts the public expectation of what a classical pianist can be.
His writing and finely tuned sense of humor have been featured in The New Yorker, and on his own blog called, Think Denk.
Arts host Debi Chess Mabie asked Denk what advice he had to give to her 10-year-old who was struggling with guitar lessons and other music students. He said to listen to as much music as possible.
"Practicing is a pain," Denk added. "It's a kind of activity that is part drudgery and part inspiration...Like a lot of things that are worthwhile, you really have to love the end result and the searching for the result."