“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan has established a unique and varied career, equally celebrated as a soloist, curator and collaborator. A regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, he served as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic for three seasons.
This winter sees his return to the Chicago Symphony and London Philharmonic, his debuts with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Montreal Symphony orchestras, and recitals based on his “Time-Traveler Suite” album. Released on Pentatone in November 2021 , “The Time Traveler’s Suite” merges Baroque movements by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin with movements by Ravel, Ligeti, Barber and Thomas Adès to create a unique baroque-inspired suite, culminating in Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Handel.
During the first part of the 2019-20 season, Inon played with the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Dresden, Barcelona, Stockholm, Ottawa, Innsbruck, Tenerife and Los Angeles, recreated Beethoven’s legendary 1808 concert with the Cincinnati Symphony, and finished recording the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. When public concerts stopped during the pandemic, Barnatan recorded concert films and streamed performances with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Detroit, New Jersey and San Diego, conducted Mozart and Beethoven concertos from the keyboard with the Seattle Symphony, performed the U.S. premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Piano Concerto with the New World Symphony, and played numerous recitals and chamber music performances online.
The recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Barnatan is also a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician, and in 2019 he embarked on his first season as music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest in California, one of the foremost music festivals in the U.S. During the 2019-20 season he played solo recitals at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall and reunited for a European tour with his frequent recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Passionate about contemporary music, Barnatan has commissioned and performed works by many living composers, premiering pieces by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, and Andrew Norman, among many others.
"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
La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest returns to The Conrad, expanded to four glorious weeks!
Music Director Inon Barnatan has created an ambitious program, evocatively titled “Under the Influence,” exploring the muses that seduced and inspired some of the greatest composers in musical history.
During the Festival, we’ll hear the magnetic effect of Wagner and J.S. Bach on their peers, travel to the salons of Paris, and experience the sins and merry pranks of Kurt Weill and Strauss. We’ll spend a genre-defying and unique week with opera stars, dancers, and jazz luminaries, and go further under the influence in a new intermission-free Wednesday series that welcomes audiences into the worlds of Shakespeare, Vivaldi, and more followed by a social and culinary experience in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd.
Garrick Ohlsson, Augustin Hadelich, Liza Ferschtman, Marc-André Hamelin, Caroline Shaw, Carter Brey, Joyce Yang, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Cécile McLorin Salvant, the Dover and Miró Quartets, and many more astounding artists will join us in La Jolla for a Festival you won’t want to miss.
Check out ljms.org/summerfest for the full details
2022 Summer Season Announced
Inon Barnatan’s exciting summer season has just been announced! It includes a return to the Spoleto, Caramoor, Lanaudiere, Aspen and Seattle CMS festivals, performances with the San Francisco Symphony and his first performance at the Grand Tetons Music Festival. Of course, the festival culminates in La Jolla SummerFest, of which Inon is music director, expanded to four weeks and full to the brim with exciting concerts. Check out the Schedule section for full details of Inon’s summer adventures!
Recitals with Renee Fleming
Inon rejoins soprano Renee Fleming in April, May and June, 2022, for a series of recitals, exploring repertoire spanning 300 years. They will appear in Madison, WI, Baton Rouge, LA, and Cedar Falls, IA.
Pictured, Renee Fleming and Inon barnatan on stage at Carnegie Hall in 2017 (Photo by Chris Lee)
New album release! Time Traveler’s Suite
Following up on his Pentatone releases of Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Alan Gilbert, Inon Barnatan’s newest offering on the label is Time Traveler’s Suite, a journey through time and space that redefines the Baroque suite by combining movements of Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin with more recent works by Ravel, Barber, Adès and Ligeti (released Nov 5). The program culminates in Brahms’s ingenious Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Long known as a thoughtful and compelling curator, Barnatan has been honing his Time Traveler’s Suite program in performances around the world for a number of years. The New York Times found that a performance at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2016 “showed why he is one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” adding that he “played everything brilliantly.”Two years later, when the pianist played the program in Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Boston Musical Intelligencer declared of the three-century-spanning program: “You would be hard pressed to hear finer, more enlightening performances of these pieces any time in the next 300 years.”
Join Inon in March and April 2021 for a wealth of online performances of Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Florence Price and Matthias Pintscher piano concertos with Boston, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Albany Symphony Orchestras, the New World Symphony, Music of the Baroque ensemble in Chicago, and in duo and chamber music performances with Alisa Weilerstein and Phillipe Quint.
Check out the Schedule for more details
March Recitals in the UK
This March, Inon Barnatan travels to the UK to perform two recitals featuring the works of Mendelssohn, Stevenson, Gershwin, and Schubert.
The first of these recitals is on March 4 at the Oxford Playhouse. Inon then travels to London, where he performs at Wigmore Hall on March 5. Featured on these recitals are Mendelssohn's Song without Words, Gershwin's I Got Rhythm, Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat, and other favorites from the repertoire.
Click here for tickets to the Oxford performance, or here for the concert in London.
Listen to Inon perform the first movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat on Spotify.
THE TIME TRAVELER’S SUITE
Johann Sebastian Bach Toccate in E minor, BWV 914
George Frideric Handel Allemande from the Suite in E major, HWV 430
Jean-Philippe Rameau Courante from the Suite in Aminor
François Couperin L’Atalante
Maurice Ravel Rigaudon from du Le Tombeau de Couperin
Thomas Adès Blanca Variations
György Ligeti Musica Ricercata nos 11 and 10
Samuel Barber Fugue from the Sonata in E-flat minor
Johann Sebastian Bach/Sergueï Rachmaninov Suite from the Third Violin Partita
Johannes Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
San Francisco Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, Conductor
Inon Barnatan, Piano
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
An American in Paris
La Jolla Summerfest returns under Music Director Inon Barnatan, expanded to four weeks and with an ambitious program, evocatively titled “Under the Influence,” exploring the muses that seduced and inspired some of the greatest composers in musical history.
See LJMS.org/summerfest for full details
The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla, CA