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.
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.
Inon Barnatan Debuts at BBC Proms; Plays Wigmore Hall Recital, World Premiere in Aspen & Four More Festivals This Summer
After a season of major debuts, his recent debut with the Chicago Symphony, Inon Barnatan – “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times) – makes his BBC Proms debut in August, playing Ravel’s jazz-influenced G major Piano Concerto. At the Aspen Music Festival this summer he plays the world premiere of Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher’s new Piano Concerto, and at Bravo! Vail he makes the final appearance of his three-year tenure as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association, joining the orchestra and Music Director Alan Gilbert for Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. Rounding out his orchestral appearances, Barnatan plays two performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, led by David Stern. He also plays several high-profile solo recitals this summer, at London’s Wigmore Hall, in Aspen, and at the Seattle and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals. A committed chamber musician, he plays two chamber concerts in Seattle, and joins the Dover Quartet in Santa Fe for a performance of Shostakovich’s superlative Piano Quintet in G minor. Finally, he participates in three chamber concerts at La Jolla’s Summerfest, including one with his frequent recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Read more here
Debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (May 25, 27 & 30)
Inon Barnatan makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Jesús López-Cobos, with three performances of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. The work is often performed at summer festivals or on all-American programs. But the pianist believes it deserves to be presented on regular subscription programs like any other piano concerto. It also needs the fusion of classical and jazz to work successfully: “It’s so much fun for me to explore that because I’m a big jazz fan.” - More information Here
BBC Proms debut on August 14
It was announced today that Inon will be making his debut at the BBC Proms in London this summer. On August 14, he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kazushi Ono for Prom 39 at Royal Albert Hall, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Rounding out the program is a new work by British composer Mark Anthony Turnage and Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.
Inon Barnatan Tours U.S. with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Alisa Weilerstein This Spring
This spring, Inon Barnatan embarks on an extensive twelve-city U.S. tour with London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. At destinations from Miami to Stanford, he leads the orchestra from the keyboard in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, & the U.S. premiere of Piano Concerto No. 2 (“The Haunted Ebb”), a new commission from Scotland’s Alasdair Nicolson (March 18–April 2). He also reunites with his regular recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, for another U.S. tour, this time playing duos by Schubert and Joseph Hallman (April 25–30). Read the complete news release Here
Beethoven’s First Concerto with the New York Philharmonic
In what will be his final subscription week as the Artist-in-Association at the New York Philharmonic, Inon Barnatan joins the venerable orchestra to play Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto under the leadership of Manfred Honeck. Rounding out the program is Mahler’s evocative and exciting First Symphony. Performances run from Wednesday, Feb 15 through Saturday, Feb 18. More info Here
HANDEL: Chaconne in G major
J. S. BACH: Allemande (from Partita No. 4)
RAMEAU: Courante (from Suite in A minor)
RAVEL: Rigaudon (from Tombeau de Couperin)
LIGETI: Musica Ricercata Nos. 10 & 11
BARBER: Fugue (from Piano Sonata Op. 26)
ADÈS: Variations for Blanca
BRAHMS: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24