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.
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
Classic Toulouse: Piano Revelation
Throughout this wonderful evening Inon Barnatan’s playing was living, vibrant, colorful, and constantly changing... every detail was technically dazzling.
Published: September 13, 2014
The New York Times Fall Arts Preview & Times 100
It is a busy season in New York for the talented Israeli-born pianist, who plays a solo recital at SubCulture in September, a program with the Jerusalem Quartet at the 92nd Street Y in October and concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, both in November. He also begins a multiyear term as the New York Philharmonic’s first “artist in association,” an intriguing position intended to give rising artists extensive exposure to the orchestra’s audiences. In December he plays a chamber recital with Philharmonic musicians and his frequent collaborator, the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, then Dvorak’s Piano Quintet on the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in February before his full-orchestra debut in March with Ravel’s Concerto in G
Published: September 5, 2014
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Los Angeles Times: McGegan and Barnatan cavort with Mozart at Hollywood Bowl
Barnatan has a sharp wit to go along with his marvelously varied touch, a melting, rhetorical way of closing a phrase, pointing out every detail in the finale with impish delight that was clear to all from his expressions on the giant video screens.
Published: August 22, 2014
Wall Street Journal – Fall Forward: Insiders’ Picks for the Arts & Entertainment Season
I think SubCulture is a really cool and fantastic addition to New York. It has this downtown/uptown blend, where you have a downtown club feel but still have concentration and focus. Between now and Sept. 27 they have "PianoFest." I like the variety—that classical and jazz and folk are equally likely to have an evening there.
Published: September 19, 2014