Both works on this program represent a highly personal look at their composer’s own life and culture. Enescu’s remarkable third violin sonata embodies the very essence of Romania’s folk style, instruments and players, while Rachmaninoff’s last major work draws on his past compositions and his cultural and musical heritage, appearing to some as a summation of his life and work.
Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 for Two Pianos
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 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.