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 Now Represented by Askonas Holt in Europe
Inon Barnatan is thrilled to announce that he will now be represented in Europe by Olivia Lyndon-Jones at London-based artist management agency Askonas Holt. His worldwide management continues to be overseen by Patricia Winter at Opus 3 Artists in New York, and he is represented in Spain and Portugal by Eugenia Gentsis at Agencia Camera.
Opening the Season with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
Inon Barnatan kicks off his 2016-17 concert season with San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 on four nights across the Bay Area. The series begins in Berkeley on Thursday, September 15, followed by two concerts in San Francisco on September 16 and 17 and a final stop in San Rafael on September 18. Find tickets and more information here about the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concerts, which also feature Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3, and Peter Heidrich’s Happy Birthday Variations.
Recitals at Mostly Mozart and Aspen
On August 13, Inon presents a solo recital that marks his festival debut at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, highlighting repertoire inspired by the kind of dance suite popular in the Baroque with movements including a chaconne, allemande, courante, fuga, and others. What distinguishes the concert-length suite Barnatan assembled is that each movement is by a different composer, and the composers themselves span periods from the Baroque to the 21st century. Also featured on the program is the New York premiere of Variations For Blanca by Thomas Adès, who himself has a penchant for musical dialogue with past eras: his deconstruction of a Dowland song serves as the title track on Barnatan’s album Darknesse Visible, which earned the pianist a coveted spot on the “Best of 2012” list in the New York Times. The concert can be streamed live here on lincolncenter.org beginning at 10pm ET.
Five days after his Mostly Mozart debut, Barnatan performs an almost entirely different solo recital at the Aspen Music Festival. This summer’s program includes Ravel’s notoriously difficult Gaspard de la nuit, also recorded on Darknesse Visible, as well as the U.S. premiere of Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Sebastian Currier’s Glow. Currier’s piece was another Barnatan commission, and the pianist gave the world premiere in London’s Wigmore Hall a year ago.
Later in the month, Inon returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival to join Garrick Ohlsson August 24-27 for Mozart’s Sonata in D for Two Pianos, K. 448 in David Geffen Hall, part of a program that also includes performances by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Mark Morris Dance Group.
Live Recording of Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles… Now Available
Last summer, Inon joined an all-star orchestra of 44 musicians at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in an account of Olivier Messiaen’s monumental and otherworldly twelve-movement, 90-minute orchestral masterpiece, Des canyons aux étoiles… (From the Canyons to the Stars…), conducted by festival Artist-in-Residence Alan Gilbert. Marking a major milestone in the festival’s history, the performance – featuring the largest ensemble ever gathered there for a single work – was recorded live and is now available from Entertainment One Music. In a work requiring staggering virtuosity from all players, Inon plays the notoriously challenging piano part, including the fourth and ninth movements (Le cossyphe d’Heuglin “The white-browed robin-chat” and Le moqueur polyglotte “The mockingbird”), both of which are scored for solo piano.
Commissioned by art patron Alice Tully for the U.S. bicentennial and premiered at Lincoln Center in 1974, Canyons celebrates the awe-inspiring beauty of the great canyons of southwest Utah, which include Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. Encompassing a characteristically Messiaenic mix of birdsong, modernist experimentalism, and religious mysticism, the work expresses the composer’s faith in the power of nature to communicate the very essence of God.
Inon’s frequent collaborations with Alan Gilbert — who launches his eighth and final season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic next month — include his three-year residency as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association. Inon and Alan look forward to reuniting in the coming season to continue recording Beethoven’s Five Piano Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.
Listen to Des canyons aux étoiles… here on iTunes, here on Amazon, and here on Spotify.
Delft and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals
Inon Barnatan makes his return to the Delft Chamber Music Festival in the Netherlands for a series of four concerts with fellow musicians in residence. His visit starts off with Rachmaninov’s Second Suite for two Pianos alongside Boris Giltburg on on July 28, followed by performances featuring a range of chamber repertoire on July 30 and July 31. Find full program information and tickets here.
Shortly thereafter, Inon appears at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for a solo recital on August 4 — including works by Bach, Ligeti, and Brahms — and subsequent chamber performances with festival musicians. Concerts on August 7 and 8 include works by Moszkowski and Schubert, with a finale on August 9 featuring Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 3. Full repertoire and tickets can be found on Inon’s schedule.