Classical musician whose interpretations of famous composers were described as intellectual, engaging, and generous.
He was awarded Juilliard's William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award.
He became a frequently published writer, with articles and essays appearing in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, The New Republic, and his own blog Think Denk.
He was born in Durham, North Carolina, the state's fourth-largest city and home base for Duke University and North Carolina Central University.
His performance with Joshua Bell at the 2004 Spoleto Festival led to the two musicians touring together in 2005.