THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
DAVID FINCKEL AND WU HAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
CMS TWO AUDITION WINNERS
CMS WELCOMES EIGHT NEW MEMBERS
TO PRESTIGIOUS YOUNG ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
New York, April 23, 2014. The Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce the appointment of eight exceptional young artists to its prestigious CMS Two program. The recent audition-winners were selected from an international pool of 237 applicants, 41 of whom were invited to participate in the rigorous live competition process. Ranging in age from 19 to 33, the new members will join the CMS Two roster effective with the 2015-2016 season. They are cellist Dmitri Atapine, pianist Michael Brown, violinist Chad Hoopes, violinist Paul Huang, violist Matthew Lipman, clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich, violinist Danbi Um, and pianist Qian Wu. [Please see bios below.]
The CMS Two three-year residency program offers professional opportunities unparalleled in the music community, and its alumni comprise many of the finest chamber musicians performing today. CMS Two Artists participate in every facet of activity, including the New York concert season at Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Studio, and the Kaplan Penthouse; national and international residencies and tour appearances; educational activities; national and international radio broadcasts; international webcasts; and recordings. CMS Two Artists are given equal billing alongside seasoned colleagues, constituting the critically-acclaimed intergenerational roster fostered by CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Members are chosen by a panel of judges comprised of CMS artistic leadership, CMS artists, and distinguished industry professionals.
David Finckel and Wu Han commented:
There is nothing at CMS more rigorous, demanding, and thrilling as the selection process for the CMS Two program. As the most extraordinary candidates rise to the top during our screening process, we and the jury can literally see the future of chamber music unfolding before us. The beloved repertoire we care so deeply for will eventually pass to succeeding generations, and through this unparalleled program we are able to personally introduce these stellar young artists to the music and musicians which will become part of their lives and careers. Our diverse roster of performers is growing all the time, as astoundingly gifted young players come to us from all over the world, eager to make music with CMS. What could possibly make CMS a more exciting place for listeners who want to hear the best of now and the future? We are immensely proud of our leadership role in this organic and accelerating evolution of the art of chamber music performance.
CMS Executive Director Suzanne Davidson underlined the importance of the CMS Two program:
The CMS Two program gives our audiences the opportunity to discover today’s most exciting new musicians performing alongside established veterans at almost every concert. The artistic electricity that results is a key driver of the growth by more than 30% in the size of CMS audiences at Lincoln Center over the past 6 years, and the tremendous expansion of our touring presence to over 60 concerts nationally and internationally. The tremendous impact of the program is reflected in the 2014-2015 season’s international roster of more than 100 musicians, nearly half of whom are either current or former members of CMS Two.