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
In 2015-16, Barnatan embarks on his second season with the Philharmonic, playing Mozart with Jaap van Zweden, Beethoven under Music Director Alan Gilbert, and Saint-Saëns on New Year’s Eve. Other upcoming highlights include his Disney Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, and a U.S. tour with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, featuring dates at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, Barnatan has performed extensively with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco; the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; and the Jerusalem and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. He has worked with such distinguished conductors as Roberto Abbado, James Gaffigan, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, Edo De Waart, and Pinchas Zukerman. Passionate about contemporary music, last season the pianist premiered new pieces composed for him by Pintscher and Sebastian Currier. “A born Schubertian” (Gramophone), Barnatan’s critically acclaimed discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of the Austrian composer’s solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which scored a coveted place on the New York Times’ “Best of 2012” list. His Chopin and Rachmaninoff duo sonatas album, recorded with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, will be released by Decca Classics next season.
European Tour and Live Webcast with Alisa Weilerstein
Inon Barnatan joins cellist Alisa Weilerstein on a six-country European tour this month, including a concert at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris on November 6 that will be webcast live by Medici.tv and a visit to London’s Wigmore Hall on November 14. The longtime recital partners also appear at the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels on November 5, Copenhagen’s Mogens Dahl Koncertsal on November 10, the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul on November 12, Bonn’s Beethoven-Haus on November 13, and Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on November 15.
In Paris, the duo performs American composer Joseph Hallman's DreamLog — written especially for the two artists — as well as works by Schubert and Rachmaninov. The recital program in the remainder of the cities includes Chopin's Cello Sonata in G minor plus works by Beethoven, Barber, and Janácek.
The tour follows the release of the Chopin and Rachmaninov cello sonatas on Decca, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Click here to watch Medici.tv’s live webcast from the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris on November 6, starting at 8pm CET.
October Performances with the New York Philharmonic
Embarking on the second of his three seasons as the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Association – an appointment that involves performances in both subscription concerts and chamber performances, and acting as ambassador for the orchestra —Inon Barnatan launches the season on Friday, October 9 in Ann Arbor playing Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 1 with the orchestra and its Music Director Alan Gilbert. Magnus Lindberg's Vivo and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 complete the program. On the same day, Inon presents a masterclass for University of Michigan students, presented under the auspices of a new residency partnership between the New York Philharmonic and the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society.
In the 2015-16 season, Inon Barnatan embarks on his second season as Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic, performing Mozart under Jaap van Zweden, Beethoven under Music Director Alan Gilbert, Saint-Saëns on New Year’s Eve, and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other upcoming highlights include Inon's Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Beethoven with Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and a U.S. tour of Copland's Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, which includes a stop at Carnegie Hall.
Inon's Chopin and Rachmaninoff duo sonatas album, recorded with cellist and longtime exclusive recital partner Alisa Weilerstein, is due from Decca Classics October 2. Following its release is a six-country tour, in venues ranging from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, with further stops in Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen and Bonn. In early February Inon and Alisa reunite in the U.S. for two more appearances: in Fort Worth and at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall.
Explore Inon’s full 2015-16 season below.
First Recording with Alisa Weilerstein Coming from Decca October 2
With cellist and longtime exclusive recital partner Alisa Weilerstein, on October 2 Inon releases an album of monumental cello sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninov. This is the first collaborative album by the duo, who “play with a dazzling technique and a level of communication and expression so clear that they can practically finish each other’s phrases” (Boston Classical Review). The two sonatas spotlighted on the album have been explored by the pair in concert for years, and are also accompanied by shorter works by each composer — Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14, plus Chopin’s Étude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7 as well as his Introduction et Polonaise brillante for piano and cello in C major, Op. 3.
Following the release of the album will be a six-country tour in November, in venues ranging from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, with further stops in Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen and Bonn. In early February Inon and Alisa reunite in the U.S. for two more appearances: in Fort Worth and at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall.
Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
On Sunday, August 23, Inon Barnatan joins conductor Alan Gilbert and and and ensemble of 43 musicians — the largest group ever gathered at the festival for a single work — for a performance of Messiaen’s ecstatic Des canyons aux étoiles ("From the Canyons to the Stars”). This epic, twelve-movement masterpiece, inspired by the natural beauty of Utah’s Bryce Canyon, draws on a characteristic mix of birdsong, modernist experimentalism, and religious mysticism.