Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Inon Barnatan, piano
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 8pm — Longy’s Pickman Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Inon Barnatan on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 8pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music at Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger. Additional support for this concert is provided by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.
Limited tickets start at $20, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661, or at the Celebrity Series box office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
This performance marks Inon Barnatan’s Celebrity Series debut. He will perform later this season in a duo recital with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Pianist Inon Barnatan has been named as the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association, a three-season appointment highlighted by concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra. Barnatan is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and recently made his Kennedy Center solo debut.
To launch his new partnership with the New York Philharmonic, Barnatan will make his subscription debut playing Ravel’s concerto under Alan Gilbert. In repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Andrew Norman’s Suspend (2014), the coming season also brings debuts with orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Susanna Mälkki, the Orchestre National de France led by James Gaffigan, the Vancouver Symphony with Bramwell Tovey, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. In recital, he will perform at London’s Wigmore Hall and make solo debuts at Chicago’s Harris Theater and the Celebrity Series of Boston, to which he returns for the culmination of a U.S. tour with his exclusive recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
In recent seasons, Barnatan has showcased music from Darknesse Visible by Ravel, Debussy, Ronald Stevenson, and Thomas Adès in recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam ’s Concertgebouw, and such U.S. venues as the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Other highlights included a 16-city U.S. tour with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Barnatan’s most recent album, a recording of Schubert’s late piano sonatas, was released by Avie in September 2013. The pieces on Barnatan’s previous solo album, Darknesse Visible, were thematically linked, all being inspired by literary works. The disc was chosen as Instrumentalist CD of the Month by BBC Music magazine and as one of the top classical recordings of 2012 by the New York Times. Barnatan also collaborated with violinist Liza Ferschtman on a recording of works by Beethoven and Schubert.
He was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009, and continues to perform regularly on CMS programs both in New York and on tour. In 2009 he curated “The Schubert Project,” a CMS festival of the composer’s late works that has since been reprised at the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw, and the Festival de México. In 2008 he received the Andrew Wolf Memorial Award, conferred every two years on a pianist for exceptional contributions to chamber music.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started piano at the age of three and made his orchestral debut at eleven. He studied with Victor Derevianko, himself a pupil of Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus, before studying with Maria Curcio – a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and Christopher Elton at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and has since been taught and mentored by Leon Fleisher. In 2006 Barnatan moved to New York City, where he currently resides in a converted Harlem warehouse.
BACH: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
FRANCK: Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue
BARBER: Sonata in E-flat minor, Opus 26
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A Major, D. 959
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 76-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 76 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
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