Finckel Launches Far East Program
Faculty heads to Taipei, Taiwan to coach 15 students
Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han have set their sights east as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with the Chamber Music Immersions program. In December, the pair will take a topnotch faculty to Taipei, Taiwan, to coach 15 students to perform works by Shostakovich and Brahms in concert. Teachers include violinists Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Ian Swensen.
In August, the program took the educators to Seoul, South Korea, where Finckel was impressed with the students’ technical skills but found they weren’t well versed on history. “It was really surprising to sit in a room with kids playing a piece by Beethoven and have them be able to tell me really so little of anything about Beethoven,” Finckel says. To remedy this, the Juilliard School dean Ara Guzelimian will give lectures during the trip. “He’ll create context so that they’re not approaching Dvo?ák the way they approach Haydn,” Finckel says.