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Inon Barnatan


About this Artist

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times), Inon Barnatan has established a unique and varied career, equally celebrated as a soloist, curator, and collaborator. He is a regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, and served as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic for three seasons.

Barnatan’s 2023/24 season highlights include concerto performances in the U.S. with the Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and internationally with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Barnatan presents solo recitals at Spivey Hall, the Phillips Collection, Leeds International Piano Series, Wigmore Hall, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, and the 92nd Street Y.

In November 2023, Barnatan released his album Rachmaninoff Reflections, offering some of the composer’s most cherished piano works, including his Moments musicaux, Prelude in G-sharp minor, and Barnatan’s own arrangement of the Vocalise. The centerpiece of this project is Barnatan’s breathtaking new solo-piano arrangement of the Symphonic Dances.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three and made his orchestral debut at 11. His musical education connects him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: He studied first with Viktor Derevianko, a student of the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus, before moving to London in 1997 to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Maria Curcio, a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel. The late Leon Fleisher was also an influential teacher and mentor. Barnatan is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, and is an alum of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program.