Inon Barnatan is an Israeli-born pianist living in the United States. A child prodigy with perfect pitch, he began taking piano lessons at age 3, and at 11 he gave his first performance with an orchestra. In 1997 he moved to London and studied piano with Maria Curcio at the Royal Academy of Music. His teachers have included Victor Dervianko, Christopher Elton, and Leon Fleisher. In 2006, Barnatan moved to New York City. As a concert artist, Barnatan has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He has also given solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Internationally, Barnatan has performed with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles. He has also been active in chamber music, notably playing on tour with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and appearing at the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Lyon Musicades, the Spoleto Festival USA, and music festivals at Aspen, Bridgehampton, Santa Fe, and Seattle. A strong supporter of contemporary music, Barnatan regularly commissions new music and performs works by Thomas Adès, George Benjamin, George Crumb, Kaija Saariaho, and Judith Weir, among other important composers.
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Classical - Released October 18, 2019 | PentaTone
One of the most admired pianists of his generation, Inon Barnatan kicks off his complete Beethoven piano concertos cycle with this double album, together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and maestro Alan Gilbert. Ranging from the classical First and romantic Third to the experimental Fourth Piano Concerto, and closing with the festive Triple Concerto, Barnatan and his colleagues display the exceptional expressive range and stylistic diversity of Beethoven’s musical language. For the Triple Concerto, Barnatan joins forces with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. This recording project bears the fruit of longstanding and profound musical friendships, and – surprisingly – offers the first integral recording of Beethoven piano concertos by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the most-recorded ensembles in the world of classical music. © Pentatone
Classical - Released April 23, 2012 | Avie Records
For his 2012 release on Avie, pianist Inon Barnatan explores the concept of light and darkness in music by performing fantastic works of Maurice Ravel, Thomas Adès, Claude Debussy, and Benjamin Britten. Without pointing out such obvious associations as the keyboard's high and low registers, or resorting to clichés of cheerful or gloomy pieces, Barnatan looks more deeply into the thinking behind Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and La valse, Adès' Darknesse Visible, Debussy's Suite bergamasque, and Ronald Stevenson's adaptation of Britten's music for the Fantasy on Peter Grimes, all pieces that delve into the shadowy realms of expression. In terms of technique, Barnatan is a skilled musician with ample chops, so there's no question that the virtuosic aspects of these works appealed to him. But musical and literary sources that inspired these pieces underlie this program, including the haunting images conjured by the Gaspard poems of Aloysius Bertrand; the melancholy of John Dowland's song, In darknesse let me dwell; the light and shade of Paul Verlaine's poem, Claire de lune; George Crabbe's 1810 book of poems, The Borough, which gave rise to Peter Grimes; Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, upon which La valse is possibly based. These are areas the listener may research independently, and Barnatan is a helpful guide, for his insightful performances and informative liner notes will intrigue many listeners.
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