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.
To begin 2018, Inon Barnatan performs a New Year’s concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on January 1.
On January 5, Barnatan joins the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and Yaniv Dinur for Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, which he also performs in Norway with the Trondheim Symfoniorkester and Guy Braunstein on January 11.
In Barnatan’s beloved London, he returns to Wigmore Hall on January 22 for a solo recital of Bach’s Toccata in E minor, Franck’s Prélude, choral et fugue, and Barber’s Piano Sonata in E-flat minor.
Finally, he closes out the month of January on tour with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved First Piano Concerto in Bloomington, IN (Jan 23), Urbana, IL (Jan 25), and Chicago, IL (Jan 28).
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