Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is known widely for his compelling and insightful musicianship and elegant virtuosity, and as “a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching [and] unfailingly communicative” (London’s Evening Standard). He has performed extensively with the world’s important orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, and he has worked with distinguished conductors such as Robert Abbado, Lawrence Foster, James Gaffigan, and Pinchas Zukerman.
"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
Awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, he was recently named the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association, a three-season appointment that promises multiple concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra. Barnatan’s recordings are critically acclaimed, and his album Darknesse Visible was named one of the “Best of 2012” by the New York Times. BBC Music magazine, in a review of his 2013 recording of Schubert’s late sonatas, declared that “this is superior playing, in which penetrating musicianship, compelling interpretive insight and elegant pianism achieve near perfect equilibrium.”
In the coming season Mr Barnatan will return to the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, The Orchestre National de France and Louisville, New Jersey, Ulster, Vancouver and Quebec Symphony Orchestras, and perform with the Atlanta, Eugene, Milwaukee and National Arts Centre Orchestras. He will also make his solo recital debuts at the Celebrity Series of Boston and at the Harris Theater in Chicago, as well as European festivals such as the Chopin festival in Warsaw and the Jacobins festival in Toulouse, amongst others.
The Boston Globe: Cellist-pianist recital dramatically suited for silver screen
Recital with Alisa Weilerstein at Jordan Hall as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. "Their interpretations were like a series of marvelously expressive close-ups: every note and phrase pinned to an exact emotion, every emotion saturating the frame."
Inon Barnatan – First Artist-in-Association of NY Philharmonic – Makes Concerto Debut with Gilbert and Orchestra in Ravel – (March 19–24)
A major new partnership designed to foster a deeper and more rounded relationship between soloist and orchestra, the three-season Philharmonic appointment represents an all-too-rare opportunity. Read more
The Boston Globe: Barnatan makes auspicious recital debut at Longy
"It was an amazing display of rhythmic, textural, and dynamic control...The technical facility and imaginative sensibility for which Barnatan has been widely heralded were apparent throughout the captivating recital"
"Barnatan gave a decisive, exacting take on the concerto's energetic, virtuosic moments and also displayed confidence and a feel for the work as he sunk comfortably into the composer's characteristic wistful, melodic mode. He created a mood that was bittersweet and nostalgic but not maudlin. The playing was smooth and dexterous with piquant accents at the extremes of the instrument and an appealingly focused, tapered tone.” (Ronni Reich)
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Chicago Tribune – Inon Barnatan, poet, intellectual virtuoso
"Virtuosity was there throughout, which is to say, from the opening Bach E-minor Toccata through the lone encore, Felix Mendelssohn's Andante and Rondo capriccioso. Its most forceful display was in Barber's thunderously difficult Sonata, and the most beguiling came in Franz Schubert's late Sonata in A major, which after intermission gave a change of pace...What made the demonstrations of intellect and virtuosity special was Barnatan's variety of touch that conveyed both the piety and perfume of Franck's "Prelude, Choral et Fugue" in addition to the ache at the heart of the essentially sunny Schubert."
The New York Times – A Multitude of Voices for a Busy Young Pianist, From Bach to Liszt to Jazz: Inon Barnatan at SubCulture’s PianoFest
On Tuesday he demonstrated, in one of the most thoughtful and effective recitals I have heard from a pianist under 40, a sensitivity reminiscent of two other New York institutions, Emanuel Ax and Murray Perahia.
Publish Date: September 25, 2014