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.
Inon Barnatan Tours with Alisa Weilerstein and Anthony McGill & Plays Beethoven in Final Subscription Week as New York Philharmonic’s Artist-in-Association
This February, Inon performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – for the final subscription concerts of his three-year tenure as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association (Feb 15–18). in January he reunites with MacArthur Award-winning cellist Alisa Weilerstein, his regular recital partner, and New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill, for a nine-city U.S. recital tour (Jan 18–29). Kicking off in Princeton, where the trio presents the world premiere of short stories by 2014 Grammy nominee Joseph Hallman (Jan 18), the tour includes dates at Washington’s Kennedy Center (Jan 19) and New York’s Alice Tully Hall (Jan 24). Read the complete news release here
Complete Beethoven Concerto Cycle with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille
Inon is presently in the process of recording Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with his long-time collaborator Alan Gilbert and London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields, representing the first time that ensemble will have captured the full cycle on disc.
Solo Recitals in Oregon, Indiana, and New Orleans
Inon Barnatan has long been known as a particularly thoughtful programmer, choosing pieces that both stand alone and connect to one another in a variety of ways. Thus, for recitals in Oregon on November 13, Indiana on November 17, and New Orleans on November 20, he presents a program that includes Brahms’s arrangement for left hand of German Baroque master J.S. Bach’s Chaconne in D; a set of Variations by Brahms on a theme composed by Bach’s great contemporary Handel; and Ligeti’s Musica ricercata, one of the movements of which is an homage to Italian Baroque master Frescobaldi.
As the New York Times reported following Inon's recent Mostly Mozart debut, which included Bach, Handel, Ligeti, and much more: “Barnatan showed why he is one of the most admired pianists of his generation. … He played everything brilliantly.”
Mozart with the Nashville and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras
Inon performs Mozart piano concertos in November with two American orchestras. On November 4 and 5, he makes his debut with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, performing the Piano Concerto No. 24 under the direction of Vassily Sinaisky. Rounding out the program are Barber’s Essay No. 2 and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony. Find ticket and more information here.
Three weeks later, Inon returns to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the Piano Concerto No. 21 on November 26 and 27 under Hans Graf. Smetana’s The Bartered Bride Overture and Schumann's Symphony No. 2 are also featured on the program. Get tickets here.
Leipziger Gewandhausorchester Debut, Plus Performances in Baltimore and Seattle
Inon Barnatan makes his debut with the Leipziger Gewandhausorchester under the baton of Alan Gilbert on October 20 with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, followed by additional performances on October 21 and 22. The final performance in Leipzig is followed by a special “talk and performance” event at which both Inon and Alan join German TV personality Malte Arkona. The long-time collaborators — Alan Gilbert is Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, where Inon Barnatan serves as the inaugural Artist-in-Association — are also presently in the process of recording Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields, representing the first time that ensemble will have captured the full cycle on disc.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Jacksonville and Spokane Symphonies
Inon Barnatan joins the Jacksonville Symphony and Music Director Courtney Lewis to present his interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on three evenings — Friday, September 20 through Sunday, October 2 — at Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall. Find tickets and more information about this performance — which also includes Julian Anderson’s Imagin’d Corners and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring — here.
One week later, Inon performs the same work with the Spokane Symphony Eckart Preu on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, part of a program that also includes Valgeir Sigurðsson's Dreamland and Sibelius's Symphony No. 5. Find tickets and more information here.