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.
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.
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.