Artist-in-Residence; Viola and Chamber Music
Ensemble-in-Residence; Emerson String Quartet
Cellist David Finckel's multifaceted career as concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur places him in the ranks of today's most influential classical musicians. Honored as one of Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, along with pianist Wu Han, he has been hailed as a "world class soloist" (Denver Post) and "one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today" (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). In high demand as a chamber musician, David Finckel appears in over one hundred concerts each season in recital with pianist Wu Han and as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States and around the world. Recent appearances as orchestral soloist include Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich's First Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as performances and recordings of the Dvorák Concerto and Augusta Read Thomas's Ritual Incantations with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and John Harbison's Cello Concerto with the Albany Symphony. David Finckel's wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed, Internet-based recording company. David Finckel and Wu Han serve as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. They are also the founders and Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. David Finckel has achieved universal renown for his passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives. For many years, he taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center and has been instrumental in establishing teaching residencies under the auspices of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Korea and Taiwan.
Cello: Samuel Zygmuntowicz (NY, NY 1993).