Inon Barnatan has studied alongside some of the 20th century’s most distinguished instructors and will present Handel, Brahms, and Schubert.
Hailed by the London Evening Standard as “a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching (and) unfailingly communicative,” Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan performs with sincerity and sensitivity that complement his superior technical mastery. A pianist since the age of 3, Barnatan has studied alongside some of the 20th century’s most illustrious instructors, including Leon Fleisher and Maria Curcio. Barnatan recently became the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Association—an unprecedented three-season appointment highlighted by multiple concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra. Equally commanding in recital, the Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient’s recent Kennedy Center solo debut prompted The Washington Post to marvel: “Although there was firecracker technique on display, it was Barnatan’s intelligence, musicality, and story-telling ability that most impressed.” BBC Music Magazine hailed Barnatan’s 2013 recording of Franz Schubert’s late sonatas as a “near perfect equilibrium” of musicianship, insight, and elegance while The New York Times designated his solo album, Darknesse Visible, as one of the “Best of 2012.” His program includes Schubert’s serene “Fantasie” sonata, the last he published during his lifetime; Johannes Brahms’ timeless transcription of J.S. Bach’s powerful Chaconne; György Ligeti’s 11-movement precursor to his more experimental works; and the Baroque ornamentation of George Frideric Handel’s variations by Brahms. As the Pianist magazine confirms, “Barnatan is one of the finest musicians. … You don’t notice his fingerwork, you simply immerse yourself in the sound he produces…and you know that there are no technical limits to what he can do.”
Full of character and individuality, Inon’s performance was magical.
—The New York Times