Celebrated for the unique approach, probing intellect, and consummate artistry he brings to a broad range of repertoire, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. This unprecedented three-season appointment sees him appear as soloist in subscription concerts, take part in regular chamber performances, and act as ambassador for the orchestra.
"a complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.”
Alan Gilbert, Music Director, New York Philharmonic
"One of the most admired pianists of his generation" (New York Times), Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. He was a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2015, recognizing “young artists of exceptional accomplishment,” as well as the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. This year he embarks on his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic, in which capacity he plays Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto in February under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Barnatan also collaborates with Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, who calls him “the complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.” The two perform Beethoven’s Second Concerto this season for Barnatan’s Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra debut, after joining forces in recent months with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to record that orchestra’s first complete Beethoven concerto cycle on disc.
The pianist opens his 2016-17 season playing and leading Mozart’s Concerto No. 13 with San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, followed by a packed schedule that includes debuts with the Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle, Nashville, San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, and returns to many orchestras and venues around the U.S. He also makes his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap Van Zweden and his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony, returns to Tokyo with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, and performs the complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in Marseilles.
Return to Wigmore Hall with Alisa Weilerstein; UK premiere of Through Your Fingers
On November 4, Inon Barnatan returns to Wigmore Hall with Alisa Weilerstein, following his solo baroque-inspired recital in June and their duo recital in March with works by Beethoven, Barber, Britten and Rachmaninoff.
For the November recital in London, the evening highlights the UK premiere of Steven Mackey’s Through Your Fingers, written for Inon and Alisa. The piece is co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall in partnership with Carnegie Hall, where it recently had its US premiere. They also present the Brahms Cello Sonatas and Stravinsky’s Suite italienne for cello and piano. Shortly after, Inon and Alisa then bring this repertoire to Germany's Bosco Gauting on November 5.
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(Above: Inon and Alisa last month at Carnegie Hall. Photography: Stephanie Berger)
Debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Following U.S. appearances with Alisa Weilerstein and Renée Fleming – including two performances at Carnegie Hall – Inon Barnatan makes his way to Europe where he makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Emperor.” With Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting, Barnatan performs in the UK on October 27 at the Royal Festival Hall and on October 28 at the Brighton Dome.
Early November then sees Barnatan reunite with Weilerstein performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, along with the European premieres of Steven Mackey’s Through Your Fingers. Together, they present duo recitals at Germany’s Schlosstheater Celle (November 2), at London’s Wigmore Hall (November 4), and at Germany’s Bosco Gauting (November 5).
Upcoming dates for Barnatan include solo performances and recitals in the U.S. and Europe. He performs the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Bramwell Tovey and the Rhode Island Philharmonic on November 18, and presents the Schumann Piano Concerto in Denmark with Rafael Payare and the Aalborg Symfoniorkester on November 23. Barnatan makes recital appearances in Meran, Italy on November 28 and in Zagreb, Croatia on November 30. To end 2017 and ring in the new year, Barnatan appears as featured soloist performing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, supported by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra. They perform together in an all-Tchaikovsky program on December 31 and on January 1.
Inon Barnatan and Alisa Weilerstein Premiere New Duo by Steven Mackey at Carnegie Hall
October 17 brings three of today’s most compelling artists together for the world premiere of Through Your Fingers at Carnegie Hall. A new Carnegie co-commission from Grammy Award-winner Steven Mackey – “a composer who escapes easy labels” (New York Times”) – the new work was written for MacArthur Award-winning cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan. The two are longtime recital partners who have previously premiered new works by Joseph Hallman, and their close rapport has been characterized as “a level of musical symbiosis that transcends casual partnership” (Voix des Arts). For the upcoming Carnegie concert, they juxtapose Mackey’s new composition with Mendelssohn’s impassioned Second Cello Sonata and the sole contributions to the genre by Britten and Rachmaninoff.
October 17, 2017New York, NYCarnegie Hall, Zankel HallAlisa Weilerstein, celloInon Barnatan, piano
MENDELSSOHN: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D
BRITTEN: Cello Sonata
STEVEN MACKEY: Through Your Fingers (world premiere of Carnegie Hall co-commission)
RACHMANINOFF: Cello Sonata
Preview: Inon’s 2017-2018 Season
Inon Barnatan's 2017-2018 season sees showcases of the Fletcher Concerto, debuts with the London Philharmonic, a duo tour with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and more.
Listen live to Inon’s BBC Proms Debut on August 14
Following two performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic (June 23 & 24), led by David Stern, Inon travels to London for a recital at Wigmore Hall (June 27). The program joins suite movements from the baroque era with works by more recent composers who were inspired and influenced by the genreof the baroque suite, and includes the UK première of Thomas Adès graceful Blanca Variations, written as part of Adès most recent acclaimed opera, The Exterminating Angle.
Later this summer Inon will perform his last concert with the New York Philharmonic as Artist in Association and return to London to make his debut at the BBC Proms (Aug 14). Read more about Inon’s summer here.