“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.
This July, Inon Barnatan appears at renowned festivals across the US.
On July 7, Inon presents Saint-Saëns's Second Piano Concerto with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra. In the state of Washington, Inon also makes his way to the Seattle Chamber Music Society on July 9 & 11.
First, in a solo recital, Inon presents Rachmaninoff's 6 Moments Musicaux, immediately leading into a chamber concert with two collaborations with cellist Bion Tsang. They perform Fauré's Élégie for Cello and Piano in C minor, followed by Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano.
On July 11, Inon shares the stage with violinist James Ehnes, along with Stephen Rose and Jun Iwasaki on violin, Rebecca Albers on viola, and Cameron Crozman on cello. Together, they play Ernest Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21.
Back on the east coast in Vienna, VA, Inon returns to Wolf Trap on July 14, where he joins forces with Bramwell Tovey and the National Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky's majestic First Piano Concerto.
Inon also takes the concerto to the Ravinia Festival on July 21, where he collaborates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ken-David Masur.
July 24 and 27 see Inon at the Aspen Music Festival. He first presents Chausson – this time alongside violinist David Coucheron and the Pacifica Quartet.On the 27th, he plays the Third Beethoven Piano Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and conductor Vasily Petrenko.
Discover Inon's full schedule here.
San Francisco Performances
with Calidore Quartet
ALL BACH PROGRAM: Selections from The Art of the Fugue, BWV. 1080
Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV. 1052
Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV. 1058
Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV. 1055
Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV. 1056
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)