“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan has established a unique and varied career, equally celebrated as a soloist, curator and collaborator. A regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, he served as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic for three seasons.
This winter sees his return to the Chicago Symphony and London Philharmonic, his debuts with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Montreal Symphony orchestras, and recitals based on his “Time-Traveler Suite” album. Released on Pentatone in November 2021 , “The Time Traveler’s Suite” merges Baroque movements by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin with movements by Ravel, Ligeti, Barber and Thomas Adès to create a unique baroque-inspired suite, culminating in Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Handel.
During the first part of the 2019-20 season, Inon played with the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Dresden, Barcelona, Stockholm, Ottawa, Innsbruck, Tenerife and Los Angeles, recreated Beethoven’s legendary 1808 concert with the Cincinnati Symphony, and finished recording the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. When public concerts stopped during the pandemic, Barnatan recorded concert films and streamed performances with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Detroit, New Jersey and San Diego, conducted Mozart and Beethoven concertos from the keyboard with the Seattle Symphony, performed the U.S. premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Piano Concerto with the New World Symphony, and played numerous recitals and chamber music performances online.
The recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Barnatan is also a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician, and in 2019 he embarked on his first season as music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest in California, one of the foremost music festivals in the U.S. During the 2019-20 season he played solo recitals at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall and reunited for a European tour with his frequent recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Passionate about contemporary music, Barnatan has commissioned and performed works by many living composers, premiering pieces by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, and Andrew Norman, among many others.
"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
Following up on his Pentatone releases of Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Alan Gilbert, Inon Barnatan’s newest offering on the label is Time Traveler’s Suite, a journey through time and space that redefines the Baroque suite by combining movements of Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin with more recent works by Ravel, Barber, Adès and Ligeti (released Nov 5). The program culminates in Brahms’s ingenious Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Long known as a thoughtful and compelling curator, Barnatan has been honing his Time Traveler’s Suite program in performances around the world for a number of years. The New York Times found that a performance at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2016 “showed why he is one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” adding that he “played everything brilliantly.”Two years later, when the pianist played the program in Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Boston Musical Intelligencer declared of the three-century-spanning program: “You would be hard pressed to hear finer, more enlightening performances of these pieces any time in the next 300 years.”
Join Inon in March and April 2021 for a wealth of online performances of Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Florence Price and Matthias Pintscher piano concertos with Boston, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Albany Symphony Orchestras, the New World Symphony, Music of the Baroque ensemble in Chicago, and in duo and chamber music performances with Alisa Weilerstein and Phillipe Quint.
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March Recitals in the UK
This March, Inon Barnatan travels to the UK to perform two recitals featuring the works of Mendelssohn, Stevenson, Gershwin, and Schubert.
The first of these recitals is on March 4 at the Oxford Playhouse. Inon then travels to London, where he performs at Wigmore Hall on March 5. Featured on these recitals are Mendelssohn's Song without Words, Gershwin's I Got Rhythm, Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat, and other favorites from the repertoire.
Click here for tickets to the Oxford performance, or here for the concert in London.
Listen to Inon perform the first movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat on Spotify.
Beethoven Akademie 1808 in Cincinnati
On February 29 & March 1, Inon Barnatan joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Louis Langrée for a recreation of Beethoven’s 1808 Akademie concert.
Inon Barnatan performs Piano Concerto No. 4 and Choral Fantasy, which were premiered by Beethoven himself before he retired as a concert pianist. The CSO also presents Symphonies 5 and 6, two of Beethoven’s most important works.
J. S. BACH | Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
HANDEL | Allemande from Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430
RAMEAU | Courante in A minor from Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin
COUPERIN | L’Atalante from Second livre de pieces de clavecin,12e ordre
RAVEL | Rigaudon from Le tombeau de Couperin
THOMAS ADÈS | Blanca Variations
PERKINSON | Toccata
BARBER | Fuga: Allegro con spirito from Piano Sonata, op. 26
BRAHMS | Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G. F. Handel in B-flat major, op. 24
Inon Barnatan, piano
Viano String Quartet
TIME TRAVELER SUITE (chamber version)
Bach: keyboard concerto in d minor (1st mvt)
Handel: sonata for two violins in g minor (1st mvt) op. 2 #8
Rameau: La Poule
Rameau: entree de polymnie
Couperin: Forlane (piano trio)
Ravel: rigaudon from Tombeau de Couperon
Stravinsky: Serenata from suite Italian
Shostakovich: scherzo from Piano Quintet in g minor
Schulhoff: five pieces for string quartet
Brahms: Handel variations
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