Finckel, Han, Setzer Trio

February 15, 2015 3:00 pm The Vancouver Playhouse

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Piano trio in E flat major, Opus 1 No.1
Piano trio in C minor, Opus 1 No. 3

Johannes Brahms
Piano trio in B, Opus 8

Join us for a very Romantic concert – and reception to follow – with the Finckel Han Setzer Trio at the Vancouver Playhouse on Sunday, February 15th at 3pm. Come hear the music of two great composers who bookend the Romantic period, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. We can promise an afternoon of Romantic expression and passion –a perfect way to cap off Valentine’s Day weekend!

Cellist David Finckel is back again with his romantic partner, pianist Wu Han, and longtime friend violinist Philip Setzer. The trio are masters at balancing amongst the different instruments, executing a shared vision with fluidity. This ensemble make as fine a piano trio as the world knows. Given their résumés, this is no surprise.

David Finckel and Wu Han together were named Musical America’s 2012 “Musicians of the Year”, ranking this power couple amongst the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. They have been co-Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY) since 2004, and founding co-Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo (CA) as well as their recording company, ArtistLed. Finckel was the cellist of the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 years. Han tours both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Together, they regularly perform in prestigious concert venues and series internationally, receiving popular and critical acclaim. Both are active as teachers and coaches.

Violinist Philip Setzer is a founding and continuing member of the Emerson String Quartet. In addition, he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra; also, Setzer has been been touring and recording the piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Dvořák with David Finckel and Wu Han. Aside from performing, Setzer has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center.

“Each musician produces an extraordinary tone…This group’s great gift is for ensemble—it is clear that they have thought through the musical ideas they wish to convey, then they articulate those ideas, almost always, as if they are one voice. It is vanishingly rare to find a group with more uniformity of execution of musical ideas than this one…” –TheatreJones