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Celebrated for his “fine music-making wedded to astounding technique” (The Washington Post), Inon Barnatan makes his long-awaited Baltimore Recital Debut. In his thoughtfully curated program, he explores works of musical transformation across three centuries, followed by Schubert’s transcendent final sonata.

“A player of uncommon sensitivity”—The New Yorker

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    Inon Barnatan

    Celebrated for his poetic sensibility, probing intellect, and consummate artistry, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is embarking on his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic, appearing as soloist in subscription concerts, taking part in regular chamber performances, and acting as ambassador for the orchestra.

    During summer 2016, Barnatan made a host of festival appearances, including Seattle, Santa Fe, Aspen, and his debut at Mostly Mozart. In 2016-17, he debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Jesús López-Cobos, and the Baltimore Symphony under Vasily Petrenko. He returns to the New York Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, embarks on tours of Europe with Alisa Weilerstein and of the U.S. with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and performs on tour with Weilerstein and clarinetist Anthony McGill, including a concert at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Other highlights include concerto performances in Asia and Australia, the complete Beethoven concerto cycle in Marseille, and concerts at London's Wigmore Hall.

    A recipient of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Barnatan has performed with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Philadelphia, and San Francisco; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; and the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with such distinguished conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jaap van Zweden. Passionate about contemporary music, Barnatan has premiered new pieces composed for him by Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, and Matthias Pintscher.

    Barnatan’s critically acclaimed discography includes recordings of Schubert’s solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which scored a coveted place on The New York Times’ “Best of 2012” list. In October 2015, he released Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas on Decca Classics with Weilerstein, which earned rave reviews. Barnatan’s website is inonbarnatan.com. 

    "[Barnatan is] a player of uncommon sensitivity." —The New Yorker

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)/Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Selections from 10 Chorale Preludes

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Songs without Words

Thomas Adès (b. 1971)

Concert Paraphrase on "Powder Her Face"

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)/Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Selected Songs

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960

Program Subject to Change Without Notice