The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. CMS presents chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period in its extensive concert season in New York, its national tours, its many recordings and national radio broadcasts, its broad commissioning program, its online event streaming, and its multi-faceted educational programs. The Chamber Music Society’s performance venue, Alice Tully Hall, has received international acclaim as one of the world's most exciting venues for chamber music.
CMS produces its own recordings on the CMS Studio Recordings label, which has been highly praised for both the artistry and the recorded sound of the eclectic range of repertoire it has released. The newest media innovation, CMS Live!, offers recordings available only by download of extraordinary live performances, chosen by CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han from among each season’s many concerts.
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Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel, named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. He has been hailed as “one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today” (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons.
Violinist Kristin Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed at Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, the Salon de Virtuosi at Steinway Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris, the Kumho Art Gallery in her native Seoul, and throughout northern Italy. A winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition and the Aspen Music Festival’s Violin Competition, she was a top prize winner of the 2012 Naumburg Competition, Astral Artists Auditions in 2010, and Italy's Premio di Trieste Competition in 2011. She is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society and a former member of CMS Two.
With performances described by The New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful,” violinist Sean Lee is quickly gaining recognition as one of today’s most talented rising artists, having received prizes in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His debut album featuring the Strauss Violin Sonata was released by EMI Classics exclusively for iTunes in February 2012 and reached the Top 20 of the iTunes “Top Classical Albums” list. He is a member of Chamber Music Society Two and performs on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot violin.
Flutist Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone. She has appeared at Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Music@Menlo, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and the Banff Centre. She is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble and a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she was the first wind player to participate in the CMS Two program and is now an Artist of the Chamber Music Society.
Violinist/violist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and teacher. He is a founding member of the 25-year-old Orion String Quartet, which is in residence at Mannes College of Music and is a longtime Artist of the Chamber Music Society. Mr. Phillips has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Yakima symphonies. He appears regularly at the Spoleto USA Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Chesapeake Music Festival, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England.
Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, pianist Wu Han, named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. She has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Wu Han has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, and performs extensively as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel and in a piano trio with David Finckel and Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer.
Elliott Forrest is currently the mid-day host on WQXR. Since his return to WQXR in 2002, he has hosted and produced live events from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and The Jerome L. Greene Space, among others. Forrest is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award, and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association.
After starting his radio career at KNFM, in his hometown of Midland, Texas, Forrest became Program Director of KXTR-FM in Kansas City. In New York he worked at WEVD, WKJY and WNCN. Forrest is a regular guest host of multiple shows on WQXR’s sister station, WNYC, including The Leonard Lopate Show and Soundcheck.
Forrest has been heard nationally as the radio host for concerts by: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Seattle Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony and Spring For Music, and host and producer of the award-winning podcasts for the New York Philharmonic.