Inon Barnatan


Schubert’s Swan Song is a 3-concert exploration of the late works of composer Franz Schubert. Curated by celebrated pianist Inon Barnatan, and performed by a spectacular roster of musicians, the programs are anchored by Schubert’s deeply moving late piano sonatas and include a selection of the composer’s chamber music masterpieces.

Violinist Benjamin Beilman, Cellist Carter Brey, and the Dover Quartet join incoming SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan for this final performance in the Schubert Swan Song series.

Online sales have closed. Tickets will be available Saturday at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, beginning at 6 pm.

SCHUBERTPiano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D.958
SCHUBERTFantasy for Violin and Piano in C Major, D.934
SCHUBERTString Quintet in C Major, D.956
Benjamin Beilman, violin; Carter Brey, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano; Dover Quartet - Joel Link, Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello
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Arrive early for a conversation and music excerpts with Inon Barnatan and Carter Brey, hosted by James Chute.

Benjamin Beilman, violin
American violinist Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and The New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” Highlights of Mr. Beilman’s 2017-18 Season include performances with the Houston Symphony and Orchestra St. Luke’s. In recital, he will première a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski, commissioned by Music Accord. The recipient of the prestigious 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and at the Montréal International Musical Competition in 2010. Mr. Beilman studied at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Curtis Institute of Music, and at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff. In March 2016, Warner Classics released his debut recital CD Spectrum. He plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Carter Brey, cello
Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur, and has since performed as soloist each season. In addition to his activities as a performer, Mr. Brey is on the faculty of the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. From the time of Mr. Brey’s New York and Kennedy Center debuts in 1982, he has been regularly hailed by audiences and critics for his virtuosity, flawless technique, and complete musicianship. The recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize. Mr. Brey studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates at the Peabody Institute, and with Aldo Parisot at Yale University. His violoncello is a rare J. B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

Inon Barnatan, piano
“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry. He was a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2015, recognizing “young artists of exceptional accomplishment,” as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. He recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic (2017), a position created by former Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, who calls him “…the complete artist.…” He recently joined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to record that orchestra’s first complete Beethoven concerto cycle.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch, and he made his orchestral debut at age 11. His musical education connects him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied first with Professor Victor Derevianko; and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio and Christopher Elton. Leon Fleisher has also been an influential teacher and mentor. Barnatan currently resides in New York City. For more information visit

Dover Quartet
The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a sweep of first prize and all special prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant (2017), the Dover Quartet has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). The Quartet’s second Cedille Records album Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, released in October 2017, features works by Ullmann, Shostakovich, and Laks. The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and will perform more than a hundred concerts around North America and Europe in 2017-18. The Quartet’s 2018-19 Season begins a three-year term as the Kennedy Center’s Quartet-in-Residence.

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
5775 Morehouse Dr
San Diego,CA 92121
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