Inon Barnatan, piano

NEC’s Jordan Hall

Pianist Inon Barnatan has wowed Celebrity Series audiences since his first appearance on the Series with longtime musical partner Alisa Weilerstein in 2008. Subsequent Series performances with the Jerusalem String Quartet and in solo recital have provided ample evidence of his emerging mastery. Barnatan’s poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry have made his performances among the most anticipated in any season.


Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata in E minor, BWV914
George Frideric Handel Allemande from Suite in E Major, HWV430
Jean-Philippe Rameau Courante from Suite in A minor
François Couperin L’Atalante
Maurice Ravel 'Rigaudon' from Le tombeau de Couperin
Thomas Adès Blanca Variations
György Ligeti Musica Ricercata Nos. 11 and 10
Samuel Barber Fugue from Sonata in E-flat minor
Johannes Brahms 
Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel

A note from Inon Barnatan about the program:
"As a performer and listener I’ve always been fascinated by the conversations that music has across different eras. For this program I’m using the Baroque suite, one of the earliest forms of instrumental music, as template to explore how deeply connected music can be over a span of more than 300 years, and how each of these composers were able to simultaneously be inspired by the past and break free from it.

The first half is a variation on a suite—a piece I assembled together in the form of a baroque suite but in which each of the movements is by a different composer, each following the other without break.

The second is Brahms’ set of variations exploring a theme from a Handel keyboard suite.

I’m excited to be back to Boston on this solo journey. I hope you enjoy this time-traveling adventure!"

Further notes on the program

“Although there was firecracker technique on display, it was Barnatan’s intelligence, musicality and story-telling ability that most impressed.”

The Washington Post

“… a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, unfailingly communicative.”

Evening Standard, London
An Aaron Richmond Recital


This performance is made possible in part by support from the LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds. Additional support provided by Oliver Radford & Stephen Perry, Debra & Michael Raizman, and in memory of Blanche and George Jones.

NEC’s Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston