David Finckel, the cellist of Stony Brook’s world-renowned Quartet-in-Residence, the Emerson String Quartet, has been named Musician of the Year by Musical America.
He shares the distinction with his wife, pianist Wu Han. The couple are the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and have been making music together for more than 30 years.
Named America’s greatest quartet by Time Magazine, the Emerson has been Stony Brook’s resident ensemble since 2002. Its members, all artists-in-residence at Stony Brook, teach master classes together and individually. In addition to their performances worldwide, the members also perform solo and have taught classes at institutions throughout the world. Along with Finckel, the quartet consists of violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer and violist Lawrence Dutton.