Chamber Music Today Festival

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Country and Region South KoreaSeoul
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Festival Description

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are artistic directors of Chamber Music Today, a new chamber music festival that will take place annually in Seoul, South Korea. The inaugural festival will run December 10-13, 2011 at the IBK Chamber Hall of the new Seoul Arts Center. One of the first festivals of its kind established in the Far East, Chamber Music Today will play a vital role in Korea’s burgeoning chamber music scene, presenting the world’s most esteemed artists.

Festival Dates December 10 - 13, 2011

Festival Story:

“Chamber music is the music of friends. It is an international language that brings people together, and is, at the same time, one of the richest art forms on earth. Chamber Music Today will bring the greatest chamber music repertoire and performers to S. Korea. In every concert, we will hear why chamber music has become an exciting, personal and essential experience for audiences around the world. We look forward not only to performing for S. Korea’s audience, but also to watching our music form unbreakable bonds of friendship between musicians and listeners. It will be a delight to witness this extraordinary project blossom, as we share in the magical power of chamber music - truly the greatest music of today.”
—David Finckel and Wu Han


Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • December 10
    • Benefit Concert: Emerson String Quartet with Wu Han
      Venue: Maple Hall at Seoul Plaza Hotel, Seoul, Korea
      Time: 7:00pm. By invitation only.
      Program: Works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann
  • December 11
    • Emerson String Quartet
      Venue: IBK Chamber hall at Seoul Arts Center
      Time: 5:00pm.
      Program: Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F, K. 590
      Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F, op. 135
      Dvorak: Sting Quartet No. 13 in G, op. 106
  • December 12
    • Jupiter String Quartet with pianist Wu Han
      Venue: IBK Chamber Hall at Seoul Arts Center
      Time: 8:00pm.
      Program: Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, op. 428
      Ravel: String Quartet in F
      Dvorak: Piano Quintet, Op. 81
  • December 13
    • David Finckel, Wu Han, Philip Setzer
      Venue: IBK Chamber Hall at Seoul Arts Center
      Time: 8:00pm.
      Program: Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, op. 58
      Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 49
      Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat, D. 898, op. 99


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Practical Info:

  • Seoul Arts Center
    • The center is the largest multi-purpose performing arts center in South Korea. Chamber Music Today will officially open the Center’s IBK Chamber Hall, a new venue ideally suited for chamber music performances.


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