2018 Program Biography (557 Words)
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 through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. Wu Han is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry.
In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Wu Han performs at many of the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues across the United States and around the world. Highlights of her 2017–18 season include international and domestic tours as a duo with cellist David Finckel, and collaborations with a stellar lineup of artists and ensembles. This year, Wu Han continues her important work with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS); reunites with violinist Philip Setzer for performances of the complete cycle of piano trios by Beethoven; announces Music@Menlo’s sixteenth season; and completes the filming of a two-part television feature soon to be carried on several PBS stations. Recently, she joined CMS artists on a grand tour of the Far East with appearances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Hsinchu Performing Arts Center and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan; and she continued to expand the presence of chamber music in South Korea with the seventh annual Chamber Music Today festival.
In addition to her distinction as one of classical music’s most accomplished performers, Wu Han has established a reputation for her dynamic and innovative approach to the recording studio. In 1997, Wu Han and David Finckel launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of nineteen albums has won widespread critical acclaim. This is a milestone season as the label turns twenty in 2018. The duo’s recording for the ArtistLed label of the Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev sonatas for cello and piano received BBC Music Magazine’s coveted “Editor’s Choice” award. The most recent addition to the ArtistLed catalogue, Wu Han LIVE II, was released in collaboration with the Music@Menlo LIVE label and features Wu Han performing piano quintetes Taneyev and Dohnányi.
Now in their third term as Artistic Codirectors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han and David Finckel hold the longest tenure since Charles Wadsworth, the founding Artistic Director. They are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley that has garnered international acclaim, soon to celebrate its sixteenth season. Wu Han also serves as Artistic Codirector of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Seoul, Korea. The festival is at the forefront of expanding the presence of chamber music in the Far East.
Wu Han has achieved universal renown for her passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives. For many years, she taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. In 2013, she established a chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival. Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han launched the new Chamber Music Encounters program in New York and co-directs the LG Chamber Music School, which serves dozens of young musicians in Korea annually.
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