DAVID FINCKEL & WU HAN
2018–2019 Short biography (451 words)
David Finckel and Wu Han are among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world
today. They are recipients of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year award, one of the highest honors
granted by the music industry. The energy, imagination, and integrity they bring to their multifaceted
endeavors as concert performers, artistic directors, recording artists, educators, and cultural entrepreneurs
Highlights of their 2018–19 season include multiple performances with The Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center (CMS); a seven-city U.S. tour with violinist Daniel Hope and violist Paul Neubauer; piano
trio performances with violinist Philip Setzer; and appearances in Taipei and Hsinchu, Taiwan, and in
Shanghai, China. The duo will also be the subject of two television features to be broadcast on PBS
stations across the country.
David Finckel and Wu Han are currently in their third term as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center, and are also the founders and Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo.
Additionally, David and Wu Han are founders and Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, an annual
festival held in Seoul, South Korea, and beginning this fall, Wu Han serves as Artistic Advisor of Wolf
Trap’s Chamber Music at the Barns for two seasons. In the spring, the duo inaugurates an immersive,
week-long festival in Palm Beach.
Leaders of the classical recording industry, they created ArtistLed in 1997, the first musician-directed and
internet-based classical recording company. David Finckel and Wu Han have also overseen the
establishment of the CMS Studio Recordings label, the Society’s partnership with Deutsche
Grammophon, CMS’s livestream programming, and Music@Menlo LIVE, which has been praised as “the
most ambitious recording project of any classical music festival in the world” (San Jose Mercury News).
David Finckel and Wu Han have received universal praise for their passionate commitment to nurturing
the artistic growth of countless young artists through a wide array of educational initiatives. Under their
leadership at CMS, the CMS Two Program identifies and inducts the finest young chamber artists into the entire spectrum of CMS activities. As Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, their Chamber Music Institute has provided hundreds of students with incomparable, immersive musical experiences over sixteen summers. Since 2009, David Finckel and Wu Han have directed the LG Chamber Music School in South Korea, which serves dozens of young musicians annually. From 2013 to 2018, the duo led an intensive chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In the 2018–19 season, David Finckel and Wu Han’s website opens a new initiative which addresses the challenges and opportunities facing today’s classical music performers and presenters.
David Finckel and Wu Han reside in New York.
For more information, please visit www.davidfinckelandwuhan.com.