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Award-Winning Pianist Inon Barnatan Performs with Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Award-Winning Pianist Inon Barnatan Performs New Commission by Alasdair Nicolson with Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Aliso Viejo, CA – Academy of St Martin in the Fields performs with pianist Inon Barnatan at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $60 for adults; and $48 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $47 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. A recipient of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, pianist Inon Barnatan has been called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times). The program for this engagement is Copland’s “Quiet City;” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, K271 in E-flat Major and Symphony No. 29, K186 in A Major; and a new commission by Alasdair Nicolson, Piano Concerto No. 2 “The Haunted Ebb.”

Pianist Inon Barnatan has been named as the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Association, an unprecedented three-season appointment highlighted by multiple concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and frequently performs as a recital partner of cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Barnatan started piano at the age of three and made his orchestral debut at 11.

Alasdair Nicolson was born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1961 and brought up on the Isle of Skye and the Black Isle. His first musical experiences were in traditional folk music before going on to study at Edinburgh University as an undergraduate, later returning as a Shaw McFie Lang Fellow. An award-winning composer, he came to prominence after winning the IBM Composers’ Prize in the early 1990s and is now regarded as one of Scotland’s most important new compositional voices. For this new piece he draws from the music of his homeland and local poet Sorley MacLean’s collection of poems from which he borrows the title of his concerto.

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Today, they are led artistically by Music Director, Grammy-winning virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. With more than 500 recordings to date, the Academy is one of the most-recorded chamber orchestras in the world.