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).
Inon Barnatan Tours with Minnesota Orchestra; Plays Recitals in Wigmore Hall and at 92nd Street Y This Winter/Spring
Return to Wigmore Hall with Alisa Weilerstein; UK premiere of Through Your Fingers
On November 4, Inon Barnatan returns to Wigmore Hall with Alisa Weilerstein, following his solo baroque-inspired recital in June and their duo recital in March with works by Beethoven, Barber, Britten and Rachmaninoff.
For the November recital in London, the evening highlights the UK premiere of Steven Mackey’s Through Your Fingers, written for Inon and Alisa. The piece is co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall in partnership with Carnegie Hall, where it recently had its US premiere. They also present the Brahms Cello Sonatas and Stravinsky’s Suite italienne for cello and piano. Shortly after, Inon and Alisa then bring this repertoire to Germany's Bosco Gauting on November 5.
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(Above: Inon and Alisa last month at Carnegie Hall. Photography: Stephanie Berger)
Debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Following U.S. appearances with Alisa Weilerstein and Renée Fleming – including two performances at Carnegie Hall – Inon Barnatan makes his way to Europe where he makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Emperor.” With Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting, Barnatan performs in the UK on October 27 at the Royal Festival Hall and on October 28 at the Brighton Dome.
Early November then sees Barnatan reunite with Weilerstein performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, along with the European premieres of Steven Mackey’s Through Your Fingers. Together, they present duo recitals at Germany’s Schlosstheater Celle (November 2), at London’s Wigmore Hall (November 4), and at Germany’s Bosco Gauting (November 5).
Upcoming dates for Barnatan include solo performances and recitals in the U.S. and Europe. He performs the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Bramwell Tovey and the Rhode Island Philharmonic on November 18, and presents the Schumann Piano Concerto in Denmark with Rafael Payare and the Aalborg Symfoniorkester on November 23. Barnatan makes recital appearances in Meran, Italy on November 28 and in Zagreb, Croatia on November 30. To end 2017 and ring in the new year, Barnatan appears as featured soloist performing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, supported by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra. They perform together in an all-Tchaikovsky program on December 31 and on January 1.
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73