"Barnatan made Brahms’ ubiquitous hemiola rhythms sound new, rising to rhapsodic heights, and then receding into spectral pointillism beneath a ghostly wind chorale."
Pianist Inon Barnatan returns to San Diego to perform with the San Diego Symphony, conducted by Rafael Payare at The Shell. He'll perform Brahms' beautiful, expansive and symphonic "Piano Concerto No. 2." KPBS/Arts producer and editor Julia Dixon Evans spoke with Barnatan about what it's like to play Brahms and his role as director of La Jolla’s annual SummerFest.
"This festival we delight in the unknown, the surprising and the unexpected. In that spirit, music director Inon Barnatan has created a concert program for opening night that will not be disclosed in advance and which, like an Omakase meal at a sushi restaurant, invites you to trust the chef to create an unforgettable experience."
“Barnatan’s exceptional entrance into the work was so organic you could believe he was simply inspired by the orchestra to start playing. Thus began the masterful conversation between soloist and orchestra, with elegant trade-offs of the musical motifs.”
"The “crown jewel of La Jolla Music Society’s annual programming,” SummerFest is a full month of outstanding performances brought together by Music Director Inon Barnatan at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. True to the festival’s 2023 theme, “The Great Unknown,” conductor Alan Gilbert curates the first concert without disclosing the program."
"Not only is Mr. Barnatan acclaimed for his very personal and mindful approach to interpreting and performing what’s been described by his peers in the classical music world as sensitive and hypnotic piano music, he insists on making known his deep appreciation for the teachers, musicians, composers, and mentors who have supported and inspired him throughout his career."
"American pianist Inon Barnatan gave Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini the lithe workout it demands, with devilish virtuosity tempered by impish humour. Around him, the orchestra joined in with consummate style and wit."