BIOGRAPHIES

 

British violinist DANIEL HOPE has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years. He appears as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. He was also the youngest member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its final six seasons, and is celebrated for his musical versatility and creativity as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. Born in South Africa and raised and educated in England, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with distinguished Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. Called “adventurous and brilliant” by the New York Times, Hope has been hailed by the London Observer as “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré.” A recent New York Times review summarized him as “a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style,” and noted: “In a business that likes tidy boxes drawn around its commodities, the British violinist Daniel Hope resists categorization. Mr. Hope, a compelling performer whose work involves standard repertory, new music, raga, and jazz, emphasizes thoughtful engagement over flamboyant display. In his most personal undertakings, he puts classical works within a broader context – not just among other styles and genres but amid history, literature, and drama – to emphasize music’s role as a mirror for struggle and aspiration.”

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Violist PAUL NEUBAUER's exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician”. This season he will record the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the United Kingdom, a work he premiered with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony and Idyllwild Arts Orchestra in 2014. He will also premiere a new work for solo viola by Joan Tower at Alice Tully Hall, the fourth work Ms. Tower has composed for him. This will be part of a program devoted to works showcasing Mr. Neubauer at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A solo album of music recorded at Music@Menlo will also be released this season. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS's Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings,and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical. Mr. Neubauer performs in a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. 

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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. In recognition of artistic excellence and achievement in the arts, David Finckel and his long time recital partner, pianist Wu Han, were named Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry. David Finckel’s concert appearances as orchestral soloist and duo recitalist take him to the world’s most prestigious concert series and festivals, and his 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 and the Chamber Music Today Festival in Korea. 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. He has appeared annually on the Aspen Music Festival’s Distinguished Artist Master Class series and in various educational programs across the country. In 2013, David Finckel and Wu Han launched a chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival, and under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, David Finckel and Wu Han direct the LG Chamber Music School, which serves dozens of young musicians in Korea annually. David is Professor of Cello at The Juilliard School, and Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.

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Pianist WU HAN ranks 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’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry. Wu Han appears regularly in many prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, and the Far East as both soloist and chamber musician, and tours extensively as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel. Now in their third term as Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Today, David Finckel and Wu Han hold the longest tenure since Charles Wadsworth, the founding Artistic Director.  They are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in Silicon Valley now celebrating its thirteenth season. Wu Han and David Finckel also serve as Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, a festival now in its fifth season, held annually in Seoul, South Korea. Wu Han's wide-ranging musical activities also include the founding of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of eighteen albums has won widespread critical acclaim. Passionately committed to education, she taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center for many years, and in 2013, David Finckel and Wu Han established a chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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