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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.



European Tour and Live Webcast with Alisa Weilerstein

Inon Barnatan joins cellist Alisa Weilerstein on a six-country European tour this month, including a concert at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris on November 6 that will be webcast live by Medici.tv and a visit to London’s Wigmore Hall on November 14. The longtime recital partners also appear at the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels on November 5, Copenhagen’s Mogens Dahl Koncertsal on November 10, the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul on November 12, Bonn’s Beethoven-Haus on November 13, and Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on November 15.
In Paris, the duo performs American composer Joseph Hallman's DreamLog — written especially for the two artists — as well as works by Schubert and Rachmaninov. The recital program in the remainder of the cities includes Chopin's Cello Sonata in G minor plus works by Beethoven, Barber, and Janácek.
The tour follows the release of the Chopin and Rachmaninov cello sonatas on Decca, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
Click here to watch Medici.tv’s live webcast from the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris on November 6, starting at 8pm CET.

Copland with the St. Louis Symphony

Inon Barnatan brings Aaron Copland's Piano Concerto to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, presenting three performances October 16 through 18 underResident Conductor Steven Jarvi. The all-American program also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”, the Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront,” and George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.” Find tickets and more information here.
Later this season, Inon plays the Copland Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in April, first in San Francisco, and then on an East Coast tour that includes a stop at Carnegie Hall on April 13.
Photo © Dan Dreyfus
New York Philharmonic

October Performances with the New York Philharmonic

Embarking on the second of his three seasons as the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Association – an appointment that involves performances in both subscription concerts and chamber performances, and acting as ambassador for the orchestra —Inon Barnatan launches the season on Friday, October 9 in Ann Arbor playing Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 1 with the orchestra and its Music Director Alan Gilbert. Magnus Lindberg's Vivo and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 complete the program. On the same day, Inon presents a masterclass for University of Michigan students, presented under the auspices of a new residency partnership between the New York Philharmonic and the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society.

Back in New York’s David Geffen Hall, Inon joins the New York Philharmonic for Mozart's Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 under Jaap van Zweden. This program is complemented by Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. 

Photo © Chris Lee


Looking forward to the 2015-16 Season

In the 2015-16 season, Inon Barnatan embarks on his second season as Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic, performing Mozart under Jaap van Zweden, Beethoven under Music Director Alan Gilbert, Saint-Saëns on New Year’s Eve, and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other upcoming highlights include Inon's Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Beethoven with Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and a U.S. tour of Copland's Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, which includes a stop at Carnegie Hall.

Inon's Chopin and Rachmaninoff duo sonatas album, recorded with cellist and longtime exclusive recital partner Alisa Weilerstein, is due from Decca Classics October 2. Following its release is a six-country tour, 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.

Explore Inon’s full 2015-16 season below.

Weilerstein Barnatan Rachmaninov Chopin Cello Sonatas 2

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.

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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.

Find tickets and more information here.


  • December 13 2015
London, UK

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Alan Gilbert
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

HAYDN: Symphony No. 90 in C major
  • December 31 2015
New York, NY

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New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert
New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne
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  • January 19 2016
Raleigh, NC

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UNC-Chapel Hill
Memorial Hall
BRAHMS: Tragic Overture


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
  • January 30 2016
Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture op.62

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor op.37

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7 in A major op.92
  • February 4 2016
Fort Worth, TX

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Alisa Weilerstein, celloBEETHOVEN: Sonata for cello and piano no. 3, op. 69

BARBER: Sonata for cello and piano

JANACEK: Pohadka

RACHMANINOV: Sonata for cello and piano, op. 19
  • February 6 2016
Stanford, CA

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Bing Concert Hall
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano

CHOPIN: Cello Sonata, op.65


RACHMANINOFF: Sonata in G minor, op. 19
  • February 20 2016
New York, NY

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BACH: Chaconne (arr. Brahms)

SCHUBERT: Sonata in G major, D.894

LIGETI: Musica Ricercata

BRAHMS: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • February 26 2016
Calgary, Canada

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Roberto Minczuk, conductor
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1


Weilerstein Barnatan Rachmaninov Chopin Cello Sonatas 2

Rachmaninov & Chopin Cello Sonatas


Schubert Late Sonatas

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Darknesse Visible

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Works for Piano and Violin

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Inon Barnatan Plays Schubert



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