Wu Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio

Thursday, October 6, 2016
at 7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

Wu Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio
    • Wu Han, piano
    • Philip Setzer, violin
    • David Finckel, cello

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The Program


On October 6 the University will be visited by one of the most remarkable ensembles in chamber music history. In a piano trio formation pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel will delight our audience with works by Dvořak and Schubert. Mr. Setzer and Mr. Finckel have had continuous collaboration for more than 35 years as members of the revered Emerson Quartet and are the recipients of nine Grammy awards. Ms. Wu Han and Mr. Finckel have collaborated for more than 25 years in a duo formation and received the Musicians of the Year Award from Musical America Magazine. Their magical chamber music experience and long-standing collaborations will no doubt result in an unforgettable evening of music-making.

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky” (1891)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Piano Trio No.2 in E flat major, D. 929 (1827)

The Artists


Wu Han, piano

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Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, pianist Wu Han is among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. In recognition of artistic excellence and achievement in the arts, Wu Han and her long time recital partner, cellist David Finckel, were named Musical America's2012 Musicians of the Year, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry. Wu Han's concert appearances take her to the world's most prestigious concert series and festivals, and her wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. Wu Han and David Finckel are the founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in the Silicon Valley, and artistic directors of Chamber Music Today in Seoul, Korea. In 2013, she inaugurated a chamber music workshop at Aspen Music Festival and School with David Finckel, and under the auspices of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han and David Finckel lead the LG Chamber Music School. Recent recordings include Wu Han LIVE, and Piano Quartets, a Deutsche Grammophon release recorded live at Alice Tully Hall with cellist David Finckel, violinist Daniel Hope, and violist Paul Neubauer.)


Philip Setzer, violin

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Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky. In 1967, Mr. Setzer won second prize at the Marjorie Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, DC, and in 1976 received a Bronze Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has appeared with the National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony (David Robertson, conductor), Memphis Symphony (Michael Stern), New Mexico and Puerto Rico Symphonies (Guillermo Figueroa), Omaha and Anchorage Symphonies (David Loebel) and on several occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra (Louis Lane). He has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Setzer has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. His article about those workshops appeared in The New York Times on the occasion of Isaac Stern's 80th birthday celebration. He also teaches as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at SUNY Stony Brook and has given master classes at schools around the world, including The Curtis Institute, London's Royal Academy of Music, The San Francisco Conservatory, UCLA, The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Mannes School. Mr. Setzer is also the Director of the Shouse Institute, the teaching division of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. The Noise of Time, a groundbreaking theater collaboration between the Emerson Quartet and Simon McBurney--about the life of Shostakovich--was based on an original idea of Mr. Setzer's. In April of 1989, Mr. Setzer premiered Paul Epstein's Matinee Concerto. This piece, dedicated to and written for Mr. Setzer, has since been performed by him in Hartford, New York, Cleveland, Boston and Aspen. Recently, Mr. Setzer has also been touring and recording the piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Dvorak with David Finckel and Wu Han.


David Finckel, cello

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Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel was named Musical America's 2012 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors granted to musicians from the music industry in the US. He leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur that places him in the ranks of today's most influential classical musicians. He has been hailed as "one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today" (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. In 1997 David Finckel and Wu Han launched ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose 17-album catalogue has won widespread critical praise. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley's acclaimed chamber music festival and institute, artistic director for Chamber Music Today in Korea, and in 2013, inaugurated a chamber music workshop at Aspen Music Festival and School. Under the auspices of CMS, David Finckel and Wu Han lead the LG Chamber Music School. The first American student of Rostropovich, David Finckel serves on the faculty at The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. Piano Quartets, a 2015 Deutsche Grammophon release recorded live at Alice Tully Hall, features David Finckel, Wu Han, Daniel Hope, and Paul Neubauer performing the piano quartets of Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler.


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