“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.


US performances with Calidore String Quartet

This month, Inon Barnatan collaborates with the Calidore String Quartet in a three-stop U.S. tour to Alabama, Ohio and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. They bring with them an all-Bach program, playing selections from The Art of the Fugue and four keyboard concertos.   They perform at Alabama's Huntsville Chamber Music Guild on January 19, where the evening before, Inon performs a solo recital ranging in composers from Bach to Thomas Adés. They then make their way to the Tuesday Musical Association in Akron, OH on January 22, and to the Herbst on January 29.

2018-2019 Season Preview

Inon punctuates his 2018-19 season with key performances of monumental works from the Classical repertoire.

In October he joins frequent collaborator Alan Gilbert at the conductor’s new post in Hamburg with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto. He then makes his way to the Princeton Symphony to play all five Beethoven concertos under the baton of Marcelo Lehninger, and in November and December he plays Beethoven’s Third Concerto with the Colorado Symphony led by Hans Graf. Three Mozart concertos are also on the bill this season: No. 22 with the Houston Symphony and David Danzmayr, No. 12 in New York’s Alice Tully Hall with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and No. 20 with Northern Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra under Rafael Payare.

Chamber performances this season include two concerts of Shostakovich with the St. Lawrence Quartet, one in Carnegie Hall; Brahms with the Dover Quartet; and an all-Bach program on a U.S. tour with the Calidore Quartet. The pianist also tours the U.S. and Europe with his longstanding collaborator, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, joined by violinist Sergey Khachatryan and percussionist Colin Currie for a program of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Schoenberg.

Finally, Barnatan gives a number of high-profile solo performances this season, making his International Piano Series debut with a recital of Ravel and Mussorgsky at London’s Southbank Centre, and performing at the Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall; in Boston’s Celebrity Series; at the Bienen School of Music in Evanston, Illinois; and in Alabama, Virginia, and Portland, Maine.

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  • February 17 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • February 18 2019
Haifa, Israel

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • February 19 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • February 20 2019
Jerusalem, Israel

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • February 21 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • March 8 2019
  • March 9 2019
Miami Beach, FL

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New World Symphony
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
  • March 16 2019
Germantown, TN

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Iris OrchestraBEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3

  • March 17 2019
Germantown, TN

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Musicians from the Iris OrchestraBACH: E minor Toccata
DVORAK: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81


Des Canyons aux Étoiles…

Rachmaninov & Chopin Cello Sonatas


Schubert Late Sonatas

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Darknesse Visible

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