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2018 Micro biography (285 words)


Cellist David Finckel’s multifaceted career as concert performer, artistic director, recording artist,

educator, and cultural entrepreneur distinguishes him as one of today’s most influential classical

musicians. He is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award. David Finckel appears

annually at 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, David serves as Artistic co-Director of The Chamber Music

Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), and they are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, the San

Francisco Bay Area’s premier summer chamber music festival and institute. In the Far East, David

Finckel serves as founding Artistic co-Director of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival in Seoul,

South Korea. David Finckel’s wide-ranging musical activities include the launch of ArtistLed, classical

music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. BBC Music Magazine recently

saluted the label’s twentieth anniversary with a special cover CD featuring David and Wu Han. This new

recording is to be released on the ArtistLed label in the fall. Through a variety of educational initiatives,

David has received universal praise for his passionate commitment to nurturing the artistic growth of

countless young artists. Under the auspices of CMS, he also leads the LG Chamber Music School, which

serves dozens of young musicians in South Korea annually. David is Professor of Cello at The Juilliard

School and Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. From 2013 to 2018, he led an intensive

chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School. David served as cellist of the Grammy

Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons.