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Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio performs Nov. 5

“An exuberant, eddying account…grabbing listeners, as it were, by the throats.”
– Mercury News
October 4, 2013


The Yale School of Music presents the illustrious Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The ensemble will perform trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák. A recent review of the trio performing this same program raved,

With such player pedigrees, you’d expect outstanding performances, each vividly brought to life, and that’s just what you got. The group capitalized on opportunities for jokes, surprises, mimicry, sentiment and broad-scaled vitality.

The concert will begin with Beethoven’s youthful Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2. Next is Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor, Op. 67, writtten in the midst of World War II. The piece was the composer’s homage to a good friend who had recently died at the age of 41. The previously mentioned review reflected, “The dead whom Shostakovich celebrated were almost palpable. So powerful was the performance that, if you thought about it enough, you could just about see their ghosts doing a danse macabre on the stage.” The concert will conclude with Dvořák’s “Dumky” Trio in E minor, Op. 90, one of Dvořák’s most famous chamber works. “A sense of spontaneity… made the well-worn music laugh and weep, dance and sing, and glory in sun and shadow.” (Click HERE to read the full review.)

Each member of the trio — David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano; and Philip Setzer, violin — enjoys a stellar musical career. Finckel and Han were named Musical America’s Musicians of the Year in 2002. Setzer is the first violinist of the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet. As a trio, they recently released a recording of Dvořák’s Piano Trios on their own ArtistLed label. This concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets start at $25, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About The Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States and around the world to unanimous critical acclaim. For thirty-four years, David Finckel served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet.

David Finckel and Wu Han’s wide-ranging musical innovations include the launch of ArtistLed (www.artistled.com), classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of sixteen albums has won widespread critical acclaim. David Finckel and Wu Han are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley now in its eleventh season, and have served as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2004.

In 2011, David Finckel and Wu Han were named Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Korea, and David Finckel was recently named Artistic Director and honoree of the Mendelssohn Fellowship, which identifies young Korean musicians and promotes chamber music in Korea. In these capacities, as well as through a multitude of other education initiatives, such as their newly created chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival and School, they have achieved universal renown for their passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists. David Finckel and Wu Han reside in New York. For more information, please visit www.davidfinckelandwuhan.com.

setzerViolinist 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.

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 and Mendelssohn with David Finckel and Wu Han.