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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

go unmatched.


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.


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