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2012 Fisher Music Residency: Inon Barnatan, Pianist

Release date: April 04, 2012

Inon Barnatan — an internationally recognized piano soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician — will be the featured performer at Goucher College's 26th Annual Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in the college's Merrick Lecture Hall.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved by logging onto www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Barnatan will also present a master class on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. and a lecture/demonstration on Wednesday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to observe both events, which are free and will be held in Merrick Lecture Hall.

As a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Barnatan performs a diverse repertoire, encompassing both classical and contemporary composers. He has rapidly gained international recognition and was described by London's Evening Standard as "a true poet of the keyboard."

Since moving to the United States in 2006, Israeli-born Barnatan has made his orchestral débuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, and he has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center. In 2009, he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, an honor reflecting the strong impression he has made on the American music scene in such a short period of time.

In addition to his American appearances, Barnatan has appeared as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, and New Europe Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Barnatan recently completed three seasons as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "CMS Two" program, a highly competitive residency program for younger musicians. Other chamber music performances include the complete Beethoven piano and violin sonatas at the Concertgebouw, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Delft and the Verbier festivals, and the Lyon Musicades.

In 2008, he received the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, given every two years to an exceptional chamber music pianist.

Barnatan's début CD of Schubert piano works was released in 2006. His second solo recording, Darknesse Visible, examines how different characteristics of darkness are represented in these wide-ranging but thematically related works: Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, Thomas Adés' Darknesse Visible, Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, Ronald Stevenson's Peter Grimes Fantasy, and Ravel's La Valse.

The Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency is funded by the late Janet Fisher, a 1938 Goucher alumna, in memory of her late husband. This annual two-day residency offers music students the opportunity to interact with and learn from internationally known professional musicians. Past Fisher artists in residence have included Eugenia Zukerman, Shai Wosner, and Anthony McGill.