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Inon Barnatan

  • Pianist


In 2010, Inon Barnatan was in residence at Spoleto Festival USA before making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in Vail, Colorado, performing chamber music at Music@Menlo, and playing a solo recital at the Aspen Music Festival. Highlights of his 2010-2011 season include his return to the Houston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he made his American concerto debut in 2007, debuts with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields as conductor and pianist, as well as recitals at the Concertgebouw, in Chicago and Vancouver. In New York City he performs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall.  London’s Wigmore Hall is a featured date with frequent chamber music partner Alisa Weilerstein, as is the Concertgebouw with Sir Roger Moore and violinists Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin.  
This past season Barnatan returned to the San Francisco Symphony, debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival, and curated a festival of Schubert’s late solo piano, songs and chamber music works for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The Schubert project has been acclaimed at the Concertgebouw, the Festival de México, and at the Library of Congress. Also in 2009-2010, he performed at the 92nd Street Y, with the Washington Performing Arts Society, and in recital at Wigmore Hall.  Other recent recital highlights includethe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, the“Rising Stars” series at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and the Gilmore Festival in Michigan.
As a concerto soloist Barnatan has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of New Europe, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Israel Chamber and Jerusalem Chamber Orchestras, with such conductors as Lawrence Foster, Philippe Entremont, Nir Kabaretti, James Gaffigan, Rossen Milanov and Kynan Johns.

An avid chamber musician, Barnatan completed three seasons as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two.  He participated in the Society’s first iTunes digital download, released by Deutsche Grammophon. Otherchamber music performances include the complete Beethoven piano and violin sonatas at the Concertgebouw with violinist Liza Ferschtman, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Delft and the Verbier Festivals and the Lyon Musicades. Barnatan has collaborated with such musicians as the Jerusalem String Quartet, Cho-Liang Lin, Miriam Fried, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Martin Fröst and Paul Neubauer.  He received the prestigious Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize in Rockport, awarded every two years to an exceptional chamber music pianist.
Barnatan’s debut CD of Schubert piano works was released on Bridge Records and greeted enthusiastically. London’s Evening Standard wrote: “The young, Israeli born pianist Inon Barnatan is a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, unfailingly communicative… This is musicianship of the highest caliber.”  Gramophone recommended the recording in its November 2006 award issue, calling Barnatan “a born Schubertian” and praising the CD’s “sensitivity, poise and focus.” His second CD of works for piano and violin by Beethoven and Schubert with violinist Liza Ferschtman also won many accolades, and was described by All Music Guide as “a magical listening experience.” Barnatan has appeared on many radio and television stations throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and Israel.
Passionate about contemporary music, Barnatan regularly commissions and performs music by living composers. He has played works by Kaija Saariaho, George Crumb, Judith Weir, Avner Dorman, Thomas Adès, George Benjamin and others.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three. He made his orchestral debut at eleven, and studied with Professor Victor Derevianko. In 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio (a student of the legendary Arthur Schnabel) and Christopher Elton, and Leon Fleisher was an influential mentor. In 2006 Barnatan moved to New York City, where he resides today.