“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 is the recipient of both a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes “young artists of exceptional accomplishment.” He was recently named the new Music Director of the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, beginning in 2019. A regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, the Israeli pianist recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. After his recent debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Chicago, Baltimore, and Seattle Symphonies, he opened the season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and made recent debuts with both the London and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras.

"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

In recital this season, Barnatan returns to venues including New York’s 92nd Street Y and London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, besides making Carnegie Hall appearances with soprano Renée Fleming and his regular duo partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. A sought-after chamber musician, he is a former member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, and makes regular CMS appearances. His passion for contemporary music has seen him commission and perform many works by living composers, including premieres of pieces by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, Alan Fletcher, Joseph Hallman, Alasdair Nicolson, Andrew Norman, and Matthias Pintscher.

“A born Schubertian” (Gramophone), Barnatan’s critically acclaimed discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of the Austrian composer’s solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which scored a coveted place on the New York Times’ “Best of 2012” list. His most recent album release is a live recording of Messiaen’s 90-minute masterpiece Des canyons aux étoiles (“From the Canyons to the Stars”), in which he played the formidable solo piano part at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His 2015 Decca Classics release, Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas with Alisa Weilerstein, earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.


La Jolla Music Society SummerFest 2019

This summer, music director Inon Barnatan leads his inaugural SummerFest at La Jolla Music Society.

The SummerFest Opening Night takes place on August 2, featuring a roster of star artists including Benjamin Beilman, Stefan Jackiw, Anthony McGill, and Alisa Weilerstein. For the evening, Inon curates a collection of short pieces and movements spanning more than 300 years into a single suite. The evening also includes a world première by pianist and composer Conrad Tao, who Inon then joins forces with for Rachmaninoff’s passionate Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos.

On August 3, Inon leads a program of ethereal chamber music with friends and collaborators. The evening includes Bach's Ich habe genug, BWV 82, Messiaen's Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps from Quatuor pour la fin du temps, and an arrangement for soprano and chamber ensemble of Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

The programs on August 4 & 6 feature music by Debussy, George Crumb, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Ysaÿe, Arensky, and Shostakovich. These are followed by the first concert of the Synergy Series, where Inon collaborates with friends Cécile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl (August 7).

Inon returns to La Jolla for Synergy's second installment on August 15, where he presents Mussorgsky’s iconic Pictures at an Exhibition in a collaborative presentation with renowned artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch.

On August 23, Inon appears in the SummerFest season finale, with a curated evening crafted around the concerto grosso. The program features music spanning from Bach to Ellen Zwilich, with guest artists including Cho-Liang Lin, Jonathan Biss, James Ehnes, Clive Greensmith, and Augustin Hadelich.

Click here to view Inon's full curated 2019 SummerFest season.

Transfigured Nights US Tour in May

Performing at Chamber Music Society

On April 28, Inon Barnatan returns to New York to perform at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Inon joins forces with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Jakob Koranyi, and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois for an evening of works by and inspired by Mendelssohn.

While spotlighting the composer's Lied ohne Worte for Cello and Piano and Second Trio in C minor, Inon and his collaborators also showcase works by Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.

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Performances with Australian Chamber Orchestra

This April, Inon Barnatan joins the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their spring US tour. With the orchestra, Inon highlights Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major.

On April 7, Inon joins the orchestra at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, VA. Led by artistic director Richard Tognetti, the program also hears a new work by Samuel Adams, which premieres on the tour.

A few days later, Inon performs Mozart at New York's Lincoln Center (April 9). Inon makes his final tour stop with the ensemble in Carmel, IN, at The Palladium (April 14), in an evening that also hears works by Bach and Beethoven.

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  • June 19 2019
Chicago, IL

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Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23
  • June 22 2019
Beverly Hills, CA

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The WallisBACH: Toccata in E minor, BWV914
HANDEL: Allemande from Suite in E Major, HWV430
RAMEAU: Courante from Suite in A minor
COUPERIN: L’Atalante
RAVEL: 'Rigaudon' from Le tombeau de Couperin
ADÈS: Blanca Variations
LIGETI: Musica Ricercata Nos. 11 and 10
BARBER: Fugue from Sonata in E-flat minor
BRAHMS: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel
  • July 10 2019
Seattle, WA

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Seattle Chamber Music Society

with Angela Drăghicescu
RAVEL: Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) for Piano, Four Hands
  • July 12 2019
Seattle, WA

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Seattle Chamber Music Society

with Alexander Kerr, Julie Albers
BEETHOVEN: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1
  • July 17 2019
Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe Chamber Music FestivalBEETHOVEN: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16
  • July 21 2019
Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe Chamber Music FestivalBEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
  • July 22 2019
Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe Chamber Music FestivalBEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
  • July 25 2019
Aspen, CO

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Aspen Music Festival

Sergey Khachatryan, violin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Colin Currie, percussion
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”
ROLF WALLIN: Realismos mágicos for Solo Marimba
SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht for Piano Trio (trans. Steuermann)
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 15 for Piano Trio and Percussion (trans. Derevianko)


Des Canyons aux Étoiles…

Rachmaninov & Chopin Cello Sonatas


Schubert Late Sonatas

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Darknesse Visible

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Works for Piano and Violin

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Inon Barnatan Plays Schubert



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