Leah Rosenthal, Director of Artistic Planning and Education for La Jolla Music Society, adds: “We are excited to welcome Inon Barnatan, one of the world’s finest pianists and chamber musicians, to carry on the great artistic legacy of La Jolla Music Society’s previous SummerFest Directors. Inon is a versatile performer and a generous collaborator on and off the stage. His fresh perspective and breadth of experience makes him an ideal leader of SummerFest as we move into La Jolla Music Society’s new home in The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.”
As Music Director, Barnatan will create programs for the festival, making decisions about artists, repertoire, programmatic themes, lecturers, composers, commissions, and educational initiatives. He will also select students from leading conservatories and pre-formed chamber groups for the La Jolla Music Society Fellowship Artist Program.
Barnatan made his SummerFest debut in 2012, and has played the festival many times since. Giving audiences something of a preview of his new role as Music Director, he will return to La Jolla Music Society once again this spring, to perform in “Schubert’s Swan Song,” a three-concert curated exploration of the Viennese composer’s late works Barnatan will play one of Schubert’s late piano sonatas on each program, along with a selection of chamber music for which he will be joined by a roster of stellar musicians, including violinist Benjamin Beilman, cellists Carter Brey and Clive Greensmith, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and the Dover Quartet. Tenor Robin Tritschler joins Barnatan for Schubert’s Schwanengesang.