This month pianist Inon Barnatan is making appearances at several different NYC venues. This weekend he is sharing an evening downtown with the Amsterdam-based electronic pop duo Controllar at the multimedia art café Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. The program fuses poetry of T.S. Eliot, Samuel Coleridge and others with music of Dowland, Ravel, Thomas Adès and Gregory Spears.
Mendelssohn is the main event for Barnatan's January 23 concert uptown with the Shanghai Quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seeking Mendelssohn: Lost Works & Found Treasures" will showcase rarities by the 200-year-old composer. Barnatan will play the world premiere of a rare edition of Songs without Words, Op. 19, No. 2 - a Mendelssohn autograph from Horowitz's personal library, as well as two other U.S. premieres. WQXR's Elliott Forrest hosts a pre-concert panel discussion.
Upcoming highlights for the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner include a solo recital at London's Wigmore Hall in May and his Philadelphia Orchestra debut this summer at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.