Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Jerusalem String Quartet
with Inon Barnatan, piano
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 3pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Jerusalem String Quartet with pianist Inon Barnatan on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. The program will feature works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Brahms.
Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Jordan Hall Box Office. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp. An Aaron Richmond Recital endowed by Nancy Richmond Winsten and the late Dr. Joseph Winsten. Support for this performance provided by the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.
This performance marks the Jerusalem Quartet’s second appearance with Celebrity Series after their Boston debut performance in March 2014. This performance marks the third appearance for Inon Barnatan, who made his Celebrity Series debut in December 2014.
The Jerusalem Quartet continue to be both regular and popular visitors to major venues throughout the world, having extensively toured throughout the United States and Canada, the group has also toured the United Kingdom, in addition to performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal in Munich, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
Currently celebrating their 20th anniversary season, they are focusing on Bartók’s six string quartets, which they will present in three different formats: first as a two-concert cycle of the six quartets, followed by a three-concert series juxtaposed with three of Joseph Haydn’s most beloved quartets, and finally in a four-concert cycle combined with Beethoven’s six quartets, Op. 18.
The Jerusalem Quartet record exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, and their discs have been awarded with numerous prizes. Their recording of Haydn’s String Quartets won the chamber category of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or Arte, while their release of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2009 and was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone Magazine. The Quartet’s recording of Mozart’s String Quartets, released in March 2011, was immediately selected as Chamber Music Choice in BBC Music Magazine the same month. This season they will release two albums with the Harmonia Mundi Label, one of Beethoven’s quartets Op. 18 and one of Bartók’s 2nd, 4th, and 6th quartets. In 2003 the Quartet were recipients of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They were also part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 1999 to 2001.
One of today’s most exciting and compelling artists, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan has recently been appointed New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association. He will perform multiple times with the orchestra over several seasons.
This past season Mr. Barnatan returned to the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and performed with orchestras worldwide. He also made his solo recital debuts at the Celebrity Series of Boston and at the Harris Theater in Chicago, as well as prestigious European festivals such as the Chopin festival in Warsaw and the Jacboins festival in Toulouse, amongst others. Mr. Barnatan also stepped in last-minute for the Cincinnati and Atlanta symphonies, garnering widespread acclaim for both performances. Additionally, he has toured twice with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields as a conductor and soloist.
Also a sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Barnatan was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009, and is still a regular performer on CMS programs at home in New York and on tour. In 2009 he curated a festival of Schubert’s late solo piano, songs and chamber music works for the Society, the first musician other than the Society’s Artistic Directors to be invited to program concerts. ‘The Schubert Project’ program has also been performed at the Concertgebouw, the Festival de México, and at the Library of Congress.
His rigorous festival schedule has included a broad range of concerts. He has played with some of the most notable instrumentalists worldwide. In 2008 he received the Andrew Wolf Memorial Award in Rockport, awarded every two years to an exceptional pianist for his/her contribution to chamber music.
Passionate about contemporary music, Mr. Barnatan regularly commissions and performs music by living composers, including works by Thomas Adès, George Benjamin, George Crumb, Avner Dorman, James MacMillan, Kaija Saariaho and others. In 13/14 and 14/15 he premiered new pieces written for him by Matthias Pintscher and Sebastian Currier, and commissioned jointly by Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebow and the Aspen Music Festival.
His most recent album, celebrating Schubert’s late works, was released by Avie in September 2013 and gained rave reviews from such publications as Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. His second solo album, Darknesse Visible, was released in 2012 and named BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumentalist CD of the Month and chosen as one of the top classical recordings of the year by The New York Times.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch, and he made his orchestral debut at eleven. His studies connect him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied with Professor Victor Derevianko, who himself studied with the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus, and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio – who was a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and with Christopher Elton. Leon Fleisher has also been an influential teacher and mentor. In 2006 Mr. Barnatan moved to New York City.
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in G Major, Opus 18, no. 2
BARTÓK: Quartet No. 6
BRAHMS: Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 34
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