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.
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.
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.
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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"