Renowned Cello-Piano Duo Brings Russian Classics to WSUOGDEN, Utah – International musicians David Finckel and Wu Han have emerged as one of the most popular cello-piano duos on the musical scene today. They will perform their Russian Classics program at the Browning Center for the Performing Arts, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert features three classic sonatas for cello and piano by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. Spanning half a century, these works evoke everything from the romanticism of Czarist Russia to the authoritarian climate in Soviet times under Stalin.
Finckel was born into a family of cellists and began his musical studies with his father. At the age of 15 he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He joined the Emerson String Quartet in 1979 and was soon playing over 130 concerts a year in virtually every music capital of the world. He has won four Grammy Awards.
Wu Han began her musical studies at the age of nine, and within a few years took first prizes in all the major competitions in Taiwan. She quickly became the pianist of choice to perform with distinguished visiting artists, and her popularity led to invitations to perform in the U.S. She frequently appears as soloist with many of today’s leading orchestras. She is the winner of the Andrew Wold Award for pianists making a significant contribution to the world of chamber music.
In 1997, the Finckel and Han founded their CD label, ArtistLed. “Russian Classics” is its sixth release.
Tickets for the concert are $10/$8 for students/seniors and are available through the Dee Events Center ticket office at (801) 626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS.