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.
Ravel Piano Concerto with The New York Philharmonic now Available for Purchase
Inon's performance of Ravel's G Major Piano Concerto alongside Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic is now available for streaming on Spotify, and for purchase on Google Play and Amazon. The recording will also be available on iTunes in the coming months.
Published June 26, 2015 Read More
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)
Published December 2, 2014 Read More
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."