2018 Micro biography (190 words)
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. He is a recipient of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year award. David appears extensively as recitalist with pianist Wu Han, and in piano trios with violinist Philip Setzer. Along with Wu Han, David Finckel serves as Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), and they are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo in the Silicon Valley and Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival in Seoul, South Korea. His wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose 19-album catalogue has won widespread praise. This is a milestone season as the label turns twenty in 2018. David is professor of cello at The Juilliard School, Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University, and Co-Director of the LG Chamber Music School in Korea. He also leads the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio at the Aspen Music Festival. David served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons.