2016/17 Season Micro Biography (199 Words)
Named Musical America’s Musician of the Year, pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. Wu Han appears regularly at many of the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues, as both soloist and chamber musician: she tours extensively with cellist David Finckel, and in piano trios with Philip Setzer. Wu Han, with 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. Wu Han’s wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose 19-album catalogue has won widespread acclaim. Passionately committed to education, she taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center for many years. She established the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School and recently launched the new CMS Chamber Music Encounters program.