David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer

Photo by Daniel Ashworth / Ashworth Photography

October 22, 2015

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts presents an evening of Beethoven with the trio of David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano, and Philip Setzer, violin, on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the 2015–2016 Candler Concert Series

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are recipients of Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year award.  Violinist Philip Setzer is a founding member of the prestigious and Grammy-award winning Emerson String Quartet.  Combined, they form the Finckel-Han-Setzer trio, a critically acclaimed musical group that has received worldwide praise for their energetic and lively chamber music performances.  Their prominence in the music industry today is best summarized by Reichel Reccomends, who writes "It used to be the Beaux Arts Trio that other piano trios had to look up to and attempt to emulate. Now it's the Han-Setzer-Finckel triumvirate that is the standard bearer.” 

The Finckel-Han-Setzer trio’s Emory program offers audience members the chance to see and hear what happens when the unusual tone and score of Beethoven’s Op. 70, No. 1, often referred to as the “ghost” trio, is infused with the robust sound and vigor of three musicians the Pioneer Press described as “being almost as much fun to watch as to hear.”

Tickets are $50, $40 for discount category members, and $5 for Emory students. Tickets are available online, by phone (404.727.5050), or in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office. Discount category tickets are available by phone or in person only. Online ticket sales end three hours prior to the event.

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David Finckel and Wu Han
David Finckel and Wu Han are considered two of the most influential classical musicians to date.  As sought after world-class performers, the pair has played chamber music for audiences spanning from Mexico to Korea, earning global praise along the way.  The success of Finckel and Han’s innovative approach to music has also led to their creation of the first ever musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, ArtistLed.  With all seventeen recordings under the AristLed label receiving critical acclaim, Finckel and Han’s recording company now serves as a model for independent labels.      

Philip Setzer
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Setzer has earned fame in the music industry for being a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, which has received eight Grammy awards, three Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, since its debut in 1976.  In 1976, his talent and skill in violin were further recognized with a Bronze Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels.  In addition to his violin work for various notable chamber music societies and symphonies, Setzer also serves as a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center.