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.
Disney Hall Debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Inon Barnatan makes his return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, taking the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 for his debut concerts at the orchestra’s home venue. He performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, as part of a program that also includes Bill Viola's Inverted Birth and two works by Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and Symphony No. 4, “Los Angeles”.
The Los Angeles Times praised Inon’s "imaginative, animated” 2014 rendition of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, elaborating to say that "He 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."
Friday the 13th with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Inon Barnatan joins Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists on Friday, May 13 for an evening of eerie, spine-chilling, and beautifully unnerving musical statements at Alice Tully Hall. He performs Ravel’s evocative solo piano suite Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand as well as Schubert’s song cycle Erlkönig with baritone Yunpeng Wang. The program also includes Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden” and works by Herrmann and Caplet.
Mozart and Rachmaninov Concertos in Toronto and Minnesota
Inon Barnatan closes April 2016 with a visit to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 on Thursday, April 28 and Saturday, April 30 under the baton of Matthias Pinscher. Rounding out the program are the Canadian premiere of Pintscher’s towards Osiris and Mahler's Symphony No. 1, “Titan”. Find tickets and more information here to these concerts at Roy Thomson Hall.
The following week, Inon joins the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Vasily Petrenko for Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1, with concerts Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7. The program also includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. Find tickets and more information here.
Copland on tour with San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas
Aside from Copland's jazz-inflected concerto, the program includes performances by the orchestra of the American composer’s Orchestral Variations and Inscape, plus Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
Bach Keyboard Concertos with the Calidore String Quartet
On Saturday, March 26, Inon presents J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1-5 and No. 7 with the Calidore String Quartet in Santa Monica. More information about this concert, which is presented by the Maestro Foundation, can be found here.