Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel, named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur that places him in the ranks of today’s most influential classical musicians. He has been hailed as a “world class soloist” (Denver Post) and “one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today” (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. In 1997 David Finckel and Wu Han launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of 16 albums has won widespread critical praise. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s acclaimed chamber music festival and institute, and is artistic director for Chamber Music Today in Seoul, Korea. In 2012, David Finckel was named honoree and artistic director of The Mendelssohn Fellowship, an initiative set on expanding the presence of chamber music in Korea. Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society, David Finckel and Wu Han lead the LG Chamber Music School. The first American student of Rostropovich, David Finckel serves on the faculty at The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. David Finckel and Wu Han inaugurated a special chamber music program at Aspen Music Festival and School in 2013.
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