2016/17 Season Micro biography (185 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, he is Co-Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), founder and Artistic Director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s acclaimed chamber music festival and institute; and co-founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Today 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. David is professor of cello at The Juilliard School, Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University, and director of the LG Chamber Music School in Korea. He also leads the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and the new Chamber Music Encounters program at CMS. David served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons.