In an unprecedented move, Musical America has selected not one but two Musicians of the Year for 2012: David Finckel and Wu Han. He is a cellist, she a pianist, and together they are the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among other organizations. The Musician(s) of the Year Award, honoring excellence and achievement in the arts, are being announced in conjunction with the release of the 2012 International Directory of the Performing Arts.
Finckel and Han have managed to breathe new life into an artform all too often overlooked. They have done so not only through imaginative programming and stellar performances, together or alone, but also as founders of Music@Menlo, and as pioneering producers of their own recordings on the ArtistLed label, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. Together, writes Musical America Directory Editor Sedgwick Clark in his citation, they have managed to “create a revolution in the traditionally quiet world of chamber music — in the process building new audiences and rearing a new wave of players.
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