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.
Mozart and Rachmaninov Concertos in Toronto and Minnesota
Inon Barnatan closes April 2016 with a visit to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 on Thursday, April 28 and Saturday, April 30 under the baton of Matthias Pinscher. Rounding out the program are the Canadian premiere of Pintscher’s towards Osiris and Mahler's Symphony No. 1, “Titan”. Find tickets and more information here to these concerts at Roy Thomson Hall.
The following week, Inon joins the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Vasily Petrenko for Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1, with concerts Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7. The program also includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. Find tickets and more information here.
Copland on tour with San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas
Aside from Copland's jazz-inflected concerto, the program includes performances by the orchestra of the American composer’s Orchestral Variations and Inscape, plus Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
Bach Keyboard Concertos with the Calidore String Quartet
On Saturday, March 26, Inon presents J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1-5 and No. 7 with the Calidore String Quartet in Santa Monica. More information about this concert, which is presented by the Maestro Foundation, can be found here.
Shostakovich with Fellows of the New World Symphony
Inon Barnatan joins New World Symphony fellows on Sunday, March 20 for Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quintet in G minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 57 at Miami’s New World Center. He is joined by violinists Michael McCarthy and Lauren Densinger, violist Jesse Yukimura, and cellist Ashton Lim. The all-Russian program also includes chamber works by Stravinsky, Thuille, and Schnittke. Find tickets and more information here.
Quartet for the End of Time at the Temple of Dendur
Inon Barnatan performs alongside New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert (on violin), Principal Cello Carter Brey, and Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill in a special performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. The Sunday, March 13 concert will be livestreamed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, free to attend with museum admission. Find more information here.
Quartet for the End of Time brings the culmination of the New York Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week (March 7-13), which honors the legacy of French composer and organist Olivier Messiaen through performances of his works, from the symphonic to solo works, as well as music by those whom he influenced. Inon is currently in his second season as the orchestra's inaugural Artist-in-Association, which was created by Alan Gilbert and spotlights an emerging artist over the course of three seasons through both concerto and chamber music performances and by cultivating a relationship between the artist, the orchestra, and the audience.
Solo and Orchestral Appearances in Canada, Northern Ireland, and Germany
Inon Barnatan closes February in the north, presenting Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, February 26 under Music Director Roberto Minczuk. Traveling to Belfast the following week, he joins the Ulster Orchestra and Chief Conductor Rafael Payare Wednesday, March 2 through Friday, March 4 for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.
Inon appears at Musikfreunde Oldenburg in Germany on Sunday, March 6 for a solo recital of Bach's Chaconne (arr. Brahms), Schubert's Piano Sonata in G Major, Ligeti's Musica ricercata, and Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.