April 23, 2019 2018-07-14T03:45:56+00:00

April 23, 2019

David Finckel, cello

Wu Han, piano

Gloria Chien, piano

Our Anniversary Season closes with the return of Artistic Advisors, David Finckel and Wu Han, as well as an encore performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Artistic Director, Gloria Chien

Works by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky

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David Finckel and Wu Han

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 talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. Their duo performances have garnered superlatives from the press, public, and presenters alike.

In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Far East, and Europe to unanimous critical acclaim. Highlights of their 2017–18 season include international and domestic tours as a duo and collaborations with a stellar lineup of artists and ensembles. David Finckel and Wu Han continue their important work with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS); reunite with violinist Philip Setzer for performances of the complete cycle of piano trios by Beethoven; announce Music@Menlo’s sixteenth season; and complete the filming of a two-part television feature soon to be carried on several PBS stations. Recently, they 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 continued to expand the presence of chamber music in South Korea with the seventh annual Chamber Music Today festival.

They have been frequent guests on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Saint Paul Sunday, and other popular classical radio programs. For thirty-four seasons, David Finckel served as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet in addition to his chamber work, during which he garnered nine Grammy Awards including two honors for “Best Classical Album,” three Gramophone Magazine awards, and the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize.

In addition to their distinction as world-class performers, the duo has established a reputation for their dynamic and innovative approach to the recording studio. In 1997, David Finckel and Wu Han launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, which has served as a model for numerous independent labels. This is a milestone season as the label turns twenty in 2018. All nineteen ArtistLed recordings, including Wu Han LIVE II, Wu Han’s most recent release in collaboration with the Music@Menlo LIVE label, have met with critical acclaim and are available via the company’s website at www.artistled.com.

David and Wu Han are the founders and Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley now celebrating its sixteenth season. In their third term as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, David Finckel and Wu Han hold the longest tenure as directors since Charles Wadsworth, the founding Artistic Director. In these capacities, they have overseen the establishment and design of The Chamber Music Society’s CMS Studio Recordings label, as well as the Society’s recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon (which includes CMS concert downloads made available through the Digital DG Concerts Series); and Music@Menlo LIVE, Music@Menlo’s exclusive recording label, which has been praised as a “breakthrough” (Billboard) and “probably the most ambitious recording project of any classical music festival in the world” (San Jose Mercury News). David Finckel and Wu Han also serve as Artistic Codirectors of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Seoul, Korea. The festival, now celebrating its seventh year, is at the forefront of expanding the presence of chamber music in the Far East.

The duo’s repertoire spans virtually the entire literature for cello and piano, with an equal emphasis on the classics and the contemporaries. Their modern repertoire includes all the significant works, from Prokofiev and Britten to Alfred Schnittke and André Previn. Their commitment to new music has brought commissioned works by Bruce Adolphe, Lera Auerbach, Gabriela Lena Frank, Pierre Jalbert, Augusta Read Thomas, and George Tsontakis to audiences around the world. The duo has released “For David and Wu Han” (ArtistLed), an album of four contemporary works for cello and piano expressly composed for them. Summit Records released a recording of the duo performing Gabriela Lena Frank’s concerto, Compadrazgo, with the ProMusica Columbus Chamber Orchestra.

David and Wu Han have achieved universal renown for their passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives. For many years, the duo taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. David Finckel and Wu Han have also launched a chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival. Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, they launched Chamber Music Encounters and direct the LG Chamber Music School, which serves dozens of young musicians in Korea annually. David Finckel serves as Professor of Cello at The Juilliard School, as well as Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. David Finckel and Wu Han reside in New York.

For more information, please visit www.davidfinckelandwuhan.com

Artistic Director Gloria Chien

Gloria Chien, piano

Pianist Gloria Chien has emerged in recent years as one of America’s finest young chamber musicians. Her spectacular gifts of musicianship lend themselves brilliantly to the art of collaboration. In an interview for a local newspaper, Gloria is quoted as saying: “Musicians are trained as soloists. You spend a lot of time alone in your practice room honing your skills. But when I started to play chamber music, I felt liberated. It took the attention away from me and allowed me to start creating something with other musicians.” She first made a name for herself in Boston as a graduate student at New England Conservatory, becoming the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston in 2000. The group is well known for its versatility and commitment to new music, and Gloria is still part of the ensemble. Boston Herald praised her for “…[playing] phenomenally.” Her CD with violinist, Joanna Kurkowicz, featuring music of Grazyna Bacewicz was released on Chandos Records. The International Record Review wrote, “[the violinist] could ask for no more sensitive or supportive a pianist than Gloria Chien.” The Strad praised her for “super performances…accompanied with great character.”

Chien has participated in such festivals as Music Academy of the West, Verbier Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, and Chamber Music Northwest. She has participated for ten years at Music@Menlo, where she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute in 2010 by Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han.  Following a recent performance, Richard Sheinin wrote, “She is a coat-of-many-colors pianist: finely blended sound tapestries emerged from her instrument at Sunday’s “Carte Blanche” recital.

In 2011 Gloria was chosen to join the roster of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center.  She debuts in October 2012 as a member of CMS2 in New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Her recent performances include collaborations with the St. Lawrence, Miro, Borromeo, Daedalus and Jupiter String Quartets, David Shifrin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Rob Kapilow, Paul Neubauer, Roberto Diaz, Andres Diaz, Sharon Robinson, James Ehnes, Nai-Yuan Hu, Bion Tsang, Soovin Kim, Carolin Widmann, Edward Arron and Anthony McGill.

Gloria began playing the piano at the age of five in her native Taiwan. After moving to Boston, she made her orchestral debut at 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, Irwin Hoffman, Benjamin Zander, and Robert Bernhardt. She is a prize winner of the World Piano Competition, Harvard Musical Association Award, as well as the San Antonio International Piano Competition, where she also received the prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. Gloria has presented solo recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Musical Association, Sanibel Musical Festival, Caramoor Musical Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Richard Dyer, well-known Boston music critic praised her for “a wondrously rich palette of colors, which she mixes with dashing bravado and with an uncanny precision of calibration…Chien’s performance had it all, and it was fabulous.” Gloria holds a doctor of musical arts, a master’s and an undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where her teachers have included Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. To add to her accolades, Gloria is a Steinway Artist.

Chattanooga area residents enjoy Gloria’s gifts as pianist, as well as a chamber music advocate, beginning the seventh season as Artistic Director of String Theory. Dr. Chien is the founding Director of the Series, performing at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga in partnership with Lee University in nearby Cleveland where she is a tenured Artist-In-Residence.

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