This concert explores the secret notes embedded in Brahms’s music, representing his ideas of love and independence. Brahms’s cryptograms are also the catalyst behind a hypnotic musical meditation on freedom and loneliness by Andrew Norman, described as “the leading composer of his generation” by the Los Angeles Times.
Scherzo in C Minor for Violin and Piano (Sonatensatz)
Suspend, a fantasy for piano and chamber orchestra
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60
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, who, himself, studied with the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus; and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio – a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and with Christopher Elton. This summer, Barnatan begins his tenure as La Jolla Music Society’s newest SummerFest Music Director.