Chamber Music Today Festival Opens in Seoul Tonight, Dec 8

Dec. 10 - CMS on Tour
Venue: Sejong Chamber Hall
Time: 8 p.m.
Dohnányi: Serenade in C Major, op. 10
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody
Bartók: Contrasts
Brahms: Piano Quintet in f minor, op. 34
Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
Gilbert Kalish, Paul Neubauer, Erin Keefe, Kristin Lee, Nicholas Canellakis

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Named Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year, the Festival's Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han are two of today's most esteemed and influential classical musicians. Their appearances currently take them to the world's leading concert series and festivals as soloists, as a duo, and, in David Finckel's case, as a member of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet.

In addition, they are the creators of classical music's first musician-directed and Internet-based recording label, ArtistLed, a trendsetting industry innovation that will soon release its 15th recording, the Piano Trios of Antonín Dvo?ák with violinist Philip Setzer.

Together, David Finckel and Wu Han have a unique ability to envision and realize innovative projects, be it in the recording arena with ArtistLed, on the world's great concert stages, or as directors of esteemed arts institutions. In recent years, David Finckel and Wu Han have become widely recognized for their initiatives in expanding audiences for classical music and for guiding the careers of countless young musicians. They serve as Artistic Directors of both the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo, a Silicon Valley chamber music festival founded in 2003. They assumed the Artistic Directorship of Chamber Music Today in Seoul, Korea, in 2011.

Recent international initiatives have included the establishment of residencies in Mecklenburg, Germany; Taipei, Taiwan; Wigmore Hall in London; and an innovative teaching and performing residency with the LG-Lincoln Center Chamber Music School in Seoul, South Korea.

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Chamber Music Today is held at the new Seoul Arts Center, the largest multi-purpose performing arts center in South Korea. In late 2011, Chamber Music Today officially opened the Center's IBK Chamber Hall, a new venue ideally suited for chamber music performances. The seating capacity is 632. The hall is sponsored by IBK.