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.
It was announced today that Inon will be making his debut at the BBC Proms in London this summer. On August 14, he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kazushi Ono for Prom 39 at Royal Albert Hall, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Rounding out the program is a new work by British composer Mark Anthony Turnage and Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.
Inon Barnatan Tours U.S. with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Alisa Weilerstein This Spring
This spring, Inon Barnatan embarks on an extensive twelve-city U.S. tour with London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. At destinations from Miami to Stanford, he leads the orchestra from the keyboard in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, & the U.S. premiere of Piano Concerto No. 2 (“The Haunted Ebb”), a new commission from Scotland’s Alasdair Nicolson (March 18–April 2). He also reunites with his regular recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, for another U.S. tour, this time playing duos by Schubert and Joseph Hallman (April 25–30). Read the complete news release Here
Beethoven’s First Concerto with the New York Philharmonic
In what will be his final subscription week as the Artist-in-Association at the New York Philharmonic, Inon Barnatan joins the venerable orchestra to play Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto under the leadership of Manfred Honeck. Rounding out the program is Mahler’s evocative and exciting First Symphony. Performances run from Wednesday, Feb 15 through Saturday, Feb 18. More info Here
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.”