A superior pianist, Wu Han is as famous for her activity in producing and administrating music festivals, and for educational activities.
Born: Born: February 19, 1959 in Taipei, Taiwan.
- 1981: She moves to the U.S. to study at The Hartt School in Connecticut.
- 1985: She marries cellist David Finckel (of the Emerson String Quartet) and the two begin performing as a duo.
- 1997: She and Finckel found ArtistLed Recordings, the first musician-directed, Internet-based recording company in classical music.
- 2003: She and Finckel found Music@Menlo.
- 2004: She and Finckel are appointed co-Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Wu Han and David Finckel perform Beethoven: Cello Sonata no. 5 in D Major, op. 102, no. 2
- One-woman band: In addition to piano, Wu Han studied viola and played it in a professional orchestra. She also plays two Chinese instruments, flute, and percussion.
- Education: Wu Han is known for her educational activities. Aside from annual master classes at the Aspen Music Festival, she has made education a central activity of Music@Menlo and she and her husband established chamber music training workshops in Korea and Taiwan. She appears in a variety of outreach programs across the country.
SFCV Articles Featuring Wu Han
Music@Menlo has kicked off its eighth season, bringing a burst of chamber music to the Peninsula. Each summer, esteemed guest artists thrill audiences in the concert hall, but that’s not all. The dream of working with them in the rehearsal studio is what brings top talent to the Chamber Music Institute. Meet the Gray siblings, two such aspiring teen musicians who have journeyed from Illinois for this intensive learning experience.
The founders of the summer music festival Music@Menlo are returning to the Peninsula this fall. Wu Han and David Finckel, along with Anthony McGill, are performing on Oct. 11 at the opening of the new Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School. It’s a state-of-the-art building, and, says Wu Han, “I can’t wait to play there.”
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