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.
Just announced: Final Season as New York Philharmonic’s Inaugural Artist-in-Association
The New York Philharmonic has announced that Inon will complete his third and final season as the orchestra's inaugural Artist-in-Association with performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under Manfred Honeck February 15 through 18, 2017. Inon performed this work in Ann Arbor in October 2015 as part of the New York Philharmonic's residency partnership with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan. He and Alan Gilbert are also collaborating on a recording of Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
The position of Artist-in-Association, which was created by Alan Gilbert and launched in the 2014-15 season, 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.
Learn more here about the New York Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season.
A Visit to Japan with Alan Gilbert and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Inon Barnatan reunites with Alan Gilbert in Tokyo for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, not long after the duo's "poised, intelligent, crisp, sensitive” (Classical Source) performance of this work with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and subsequent recording sessions of the full Beethoven piano concerto cycle. The evening's program with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is rounded out by Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Find more information here about this concert at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.
Beethoven and Norman with the North Carolina Symphony
Inon Barnatan joins the North Carolina Symphony for two works under the baton of Marcelo Lehninger at Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. He opens the program with Suspend, Andrew Norman’s fantasy for piano and orchestra, followed by an account of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”. The orchestra closes the evening with Brahms's Tragic Overture.
Tickets to the five performances, running January 14 through 17 and 19th, can be found here.
Ringing in 2016 with New York Philharmonic’s “La Vie Parisienne”
To kick off the new year, Inon Barnatan joins Alan Gilbert and special guests at the New York Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Eve concert on December 31. He performs Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals alongside pianist Makato Ozone, featuring the world premiere of a new narration written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and performed by Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane.
The evening's program also includes French vocal works performed by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Find tickets here.
"La Vie Parisienne” will be telecast nationally on December 31 by PBS's Live From Lincoln Center, beginning on New York City’s WNET at 8pm ET. Check your local listings for more information.
Recording Beethoven with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Inon Barnatan brings his interpretation of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 to London on December 13 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, lead by Alan Gilbert in his debut conducting the ensemble. The evening’s program at Cadogan Hall is complemented by Brahms's Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Haydn's Symphony No. 90.
Inon then records the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the same conductor and orchestra — marking the first time the ensemble has put the full cycle on disc — before continuing his collaboration with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, where Inon serves as the orchestra’s first Artist-in-Association.
Find tickets and more information here.
Inon Barnatan Steps in with Tchaikovsky in Lisbon
Inon Barnatan joins Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra for performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on December 3 and 4 under Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki. He is replacing Yefim Bronfman, who unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness. The program on both evenings also includes Pierre Boulez’s Rituel, which was written in memory of the composer Bruno Maderna.
Tickets and more information can be found here for the concert on Thursday, December 3 and here for the concert on Friday, December 4, both of which take place at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.