Pianist Inon Barnatan Wins Avery Fisher Career Grant

Pianist Inon Barnatan has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of the most prestigious honors a young classical instrumentalist can receive. Previous recipients of the $25,000 prize include Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Matt Haimovitz, and Jeffrey Kahane. Barnatan received the award in April, the same month he returned to his native Israel to perform with the Jerusalem Symphony (he has been based in the U.S. since 2006).

The 30-year-old pianist is no stranger to Lincoln Center. With two concerts in May he completed his third season as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two. He will be back in November curating his own three-concert series, ";Schubert Ascending," which he recently presented to sold-out houses at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. The programs feature treasured works from the remarkably productive last year of Schubert's life. A recording of Barnatan playing Schubert's Impromptus, D. 935 and Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 is available on a Bridge Records release from 2006.

This summer, Barnatan appears at several major music festivals across the U.S. After Fourth of July weekend performances of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, he will spend July and August playing solo recitals and chamber music at the festivals in Aspen, Vail, Blossom (Cleveland Orchestra), Santa Fe, Rockport and Bridgehampton.

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