Release Date: December 13,2018

Young powerhouses of chamber music in Akron concert Jan. 22

Two young powerhouses in chamber music — Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan and Calidore String Quartet — are coming to Akron for a Tuesday Musical concert on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The New York Times has called Barnatan “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.” Calidore was the $100,000 grand prize winner of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition— the largest prize for chamber music in the world.

Barnatan recently gave collaborative recitals at Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia's Kimmel Center with soprano Renée Fleming and toured the U.S. and Europe with Alisa Weilerstein, including concerts at Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. He performed at the BBC Proms, with the London and Helsinki Philharmonics, and with the Chicago, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Nashville, San Diego, and Seattle symphonies.

This season he plays Beethoven with Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie Orchestra led by Alan Gilbert, Mozart with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and Rachmaninov with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Israel Philharmonic, again led by Gilbert. In 2019 he will become the new music director of the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest.

In October, Calidore released “Resilience,” its debut CD on Signum Records, featuring quartets by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Golijov and Janáček. The four young Calidore musicians, seeking their own musical standpoint in the current environment of unrest and division, chose the four masterworks from great composers who, in the midst of personal emotional turmoil or external conflict, seemed to find a cathartic path toward optimism through music.
Audience members can learn more about the program at 6:30 p.m. during the Concert Conversation with several of the evening’s musicians.

Tickets are $25, $40, $45 and free for all students of any age. They are available in advance at or 330-761-3460, and at the door that evening.