David Finckel

Artistic Director


David Finckel Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Cellist David Finckel’s multifaceted career as concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur distinguishes him as one of today’s most influential classical musicians. A recipient of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year award, he appears regularly at many of the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues, as both soloist and chamber musician. He tours extensively with pianist Wu Han, in trios with Philip Setzer, and in a quartet with Daniel Hope and Paul Neubauer. Together with Wu Han, he serves as co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and they are the founding artistic directors of Music@Menlo, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier summer chamber music festival and institute. In Asia, he co-founded the annual festival Chamber Music Today, and leads the LG Chamber Music School in Seoul. His wide-ranging musical activities include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. BBC Music Magazine saluted the label’s 20th anniversary with a cover CD featuring David and Wu Han. This new recording will be available on the ArtistLed label. Mr. Finckel is professor of cello at The Juilliard School and artist-in-residence at Stony Brook University. Through a variety of educational initiatives, including his chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School, he has achieved universal renown for his passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists. He served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons.