Wu Han

Artistic Director


Wu Han Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Pianist Wu Han, recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization, enjoys a multi-faceted musical life that encompasses performing, recording, and artistic direction at the highest levels. Currently co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society and Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s innovative chamber music festival, she also serves as artistic advisor for Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music in the Barns series and for Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts. Her recent concert activities have taken her from New York’s Lincoln Center stages to the most important concert halls in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to countless performances of virtually the entire chamber repertoire, her recent concerto performances include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She is the founder and artistic director of ArtistLed, classical music’s first artist-directed, internet-based recording label (1997) which has released her performances of the staples of the cello-piano duo repertoire with cellist David Finckel. Her more than 80 releases on ArtistLed, CMS Live and Music@Menlo Live include masterworks of the chamber repertoire with numerous distinguished musicians, the latest being Schubert’s Winterreise with baritone Nikolay Borchev. During the past season, Wu Han designed and produced more than 200 digital media projects, including concerts and innovative educational programs, which have sustained the art of chamber music in dozens of communities across the United States. At CMS, she was instrumental in transforming the CMS Two Program into today’s Bowers Program, which admits, through rigorous and highly competitive auditions, stellar young musicians to the CMS roster for a term of three seasons. Passionately dedicated to education for musicians of all ages and experience, she directs the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo, which immerses some 40 young musicians every summer in the multi-faceted fabric of the festival. Wu Han was privileged to serve on multiple occasions as a faculty member of Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Encounters in Israel, New York, and Japan. A recipient of the prestigious Andrew Wolf Award, she was mentored by an elite selection of some of the greatest pianists of our time, including Lilian Kallir, Rudolf Serkin, and Menahem Pressler. Married to cellist David Finckel since 1985, Wu Han divides her time between concert touring and residences in New York City and Westchester County.

Upcoming Appearances

Bogota, Colombia

Teatro Mayor, Estudio, Bogota, Colombia, November 2nd, 8:00PM

Bogota, Colombia

Teatro Mayor, Estudio, Bogota, Colombia, November 3rd, 8:00PM

Vero Beach, FL

Community Church of Vero Beach, Vero Beach, FL, November 8th, 7:00PM

New York, NY

Washington Irving High School, New York, NY, November 12th, 7:30PM

Madison, NJ

The Concert Hall at Drew University, November 19th, 7:30PM


National Concert Hall, Taipei, December 1st, 7:30PM


National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Weiwuying, December 3rd, 2:30PM


National Concert Hall, Taipei, December 4th, 7:30PM

Winter Festival: Into Eternity

Alice Tully Hall, January 22nd, 5:00PM

Winter Festival: The Virtuoso Tradition

Alice Tully Hall, January 29th, 5:00PM

Winter Festival: The Virtuoso Tradition

Alice Tully Hall, January 31st, 7:30PM

Digital Encore: Winter Festival: Into Eternity

ChamberMusicSociety.org, February 3rd, 12:00PM

Digital Encore: Winter Festival: The Virtuoso Tradition

ChamberMusicSociety.org, February 10th, 12:00PM

Richmond, VA

Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, Richmond, VA, February 22nd, 7:30PM

Purchase, NY

Performing Arts Center - SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY, March 18th, 5:00PM

Vero Beach, FL

Community Church of Vero Beach, Vero Beach, FL, March 20th, 7:00PM

Sanibel, FL

Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., Sanibel, FL, March 21st, 7:00PM

Grand Rapids, MI

St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI, March 23rd, 7:30PM

Phoenix, AZ

Central United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ, March 24th, 7:30PM

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, BC, March 26th, 7:30PM

Brahms and Arensky

Alice Tully Hall, March 28th, 7:30PM

Reno, NV

Hall Recital Hall, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, March 29th, 7:30PM

Digital Encore: Brahms and Arensky

ChamberMusicSociety.org, April 10th, 12:00PM