David Finckel & Wu Han Perform Edvard Grieg’s “Cello Sonata, Op. 36, II. Andante molto tranquillo”
In this Articulate exclusive, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform Edvard Grieg’s “Cello Sonata, Op. 36, II. Andante molto tranquillo” at the Stotesbury Mansion in Philadelphia.
David Finckel is a renowned classical cellist. He currently serves as the co-artistic director, along with his wife, pianist Wu Han, of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Finckel joined the Emerson Quartet in 1979; played with them for over thirty years. During this time, the group won nine Grammys and three Gramophone Awards.
Wu Han is a world-famous pianist and arts administrator, widely known as a performer of chamber music.
Born in 1959 in Taiwan, she began studying piano at age 9 and was playing concerts by age 12. She came to the United States in 1981 to attend The Hartt School in Connecticut, with a double major in viola and piano. She married cellist David Finkel in 1985. They have performed together and separately on many of the world’s major stages, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Since 2004, she and Finkel have served as codirectors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centerin New York. They are also cofounders of independent record label ArtistLed and the annual Music@Menlo Festival in Silicon Valley, CA.
Wu Han has recorded over twenty albums, including For David and Wu Han (2009), contemporary works composed specifically for the duo. She has performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among other ensembles.