Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. Called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times), he is the recipient of both a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes “young artists of exceptional accomplishment.” He was recently named the new Music Director of the La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, beginning in 2019.
For our 2019-2020 season, he will make a return to Portland as our second performance on SAT / NOV 16 and SUN / NOV 17.
During his weekend concerts, Inon will perform two completely different performances. On SAT / NOV 16, Inon will delight audience members with Schubert, Mendelssohn, Adès, and Gershwin/Wild’s beloved "I’ve Got Rhythm".
On SUN / NOV 17, Inon will perform a compilation of pieces he calls The Time Traveler’s Suite. This work includes pieces by Bach, Handel, Ravel, Ligeti and others - spanning more than 300 years - as if they were movements of a single suite. He concludes the concert with Brahms.
Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season are now available. Single tickets go on sale on THR / AUG 1.
About Inon Barnatan
A regular performer with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, the pianist recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. Other recent highlights saw Barnatan making his BBC Proms debut, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Kazushi Ono and the BBC Symphony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. At Aspen, he gave the world premiere of a new concerto by Alan Fletcher, which was also the vehicle for his season-opening Hollywood Bowl appearance with the commissioning Los Angeles Philharmonic. Besides a reprise of Fletcher’s concerto with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, Barnatan’s 2017-18 highlights include a New Year’s Eve performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, followed by a Midwest tour culminating in Chicago; debuts with the London and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras; a return to the Cincinnati Orchestra for Barber’s notoriously difficult Piano Concerto; and solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and with the Vancouver Recital Society. He gives recitals at Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center with soprano Renée Fleming, curates and plays in a multi-concert Schubert festival for the La Jolla Music Society, and tours the U.S. and Europe, with concerts at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall, with his frequent recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Barnatan’s most recent album release is a live recording of Messiaen’s 90-minute masterpiece Des canyons aux étoiles (“From the Canyons to the Stars”), in which he played the exceptionally challenging solo piano part at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Next Barnatan looks forward to the release of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, which he recorded with Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, marking the orchestra’s first complete recording of the cycle.
A sought-after chamber musician, Barnatan was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009, and continues to make regular CMS appearances in New York and on tour. His passion for contemporary music sees him commission and perform many works by living composers, including premieres of pieces by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, Joseph Hallman, Alasdair Nicolson, Andrew Norman, Matthias Pintscher, and others.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three, when his parents discovered his perfect pitch, and made his orchestral debut at eleven. His musical education connects him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied first with Professor Victor Derevianko, a student of the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus, before moving to London in 1997 to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Maria Curcio, a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel. Leon Fleisher has also been an influential teacher and mentor. Barnatan currently resides in New York City.
October 5 & 6, 2019: Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian
November 16 & 17, 2019: Inon Barnatan, Israeli
January 25 & 26, 2020: Dasol Kim, Korean (PDX Debut)
March 14 & 15, 2020: Anderson & Roe, American
May 2 & 3, 2020: Imogen Cooper, British (PDX Debut)
May 30 & 31, 2020: Jonathan Plowright, British (PDX Debut)