With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought after and versatile musicians – violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums.
Highlights of the 2019–20 season include tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as guest appearances with the Boston and Dallas Symphonies, Berlin Staatskapelle and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As Artist-in-Residence of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he tours with the ensemble to China and Korea, and recently premiered Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, written for Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth. This concerto was a joint commission of the Adelaide and Boston Symphony Orchestras with the NAC Orchestra, where Zukerman serves as Conductor Emeritus. In chamber music, he performs with the Zukerman Trio throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and joins Daniel Barenboim in Berlin for a cycle of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano.
A devoted teacher and champion of young musicians, he has served as chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music for over 25 years.Read full NAC bio ›
“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times), Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry. He inaugurated his tenure as Music Director of California’s La Jolla Music Society Summerfest in 2019.
Barnatan is a regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, whose 2019–20 concerto collaborations include Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gershwin and Ravel with the Chicago Symphony, Rachmaninov with the Royal Stockholm Symphony, and a re-creation of Beethoven’s legendary 1808 concert with the Cincinnati Symphony. He recently served for three seasons as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic, and made debuts at the BBC Proms, with the London, Helsinki and Hong Kong Philharmonics, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Baltimore, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Nashville, San Diego and Seattle Symphonies.
The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Barnatan is also a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician. This season he makes his solo recital debut at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, returns to Alice Tully Hall with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and reunites with frequent cello partner Alisa Weilerstein for tours on both sides of the Atlantic. He has previously given solo recitals at such major international venues as New York’s 92nd Street Y, the Celebrity Series of Boston, Chicago’s Harris Theater, the Vancouver Recital Society, and London’s Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall. Passionate about contemporary music, he has commissioned and performed works by many living composers, premiering pieces by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, Alan Fletcher, Joseph Hallman, Alasdair Nicolson, Andrew Norman and Matthias Pintscher.
This season brings the release of Beethoven’s complete piano concertos, recorded with Alan Gilbert and London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Barnatan’s acclaimed discography also includes Messiaen’s 90-minute masterpiece Des canyons aux étoiles, captured live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas, recorded with Weilerstein for Decca Classics; two solo Schubert albums; and Darknesse Visible, named BBC Music’s “Instrumentalist CD of the Month” and one of the New York Times’ “Best of 2012.”