Wu Han, Artistic Advisor

The Chamber Music at The Barns series is pleased to announce its Artistic Advisor for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Dear Listener,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to two seasons of concerts at Wolf Trap. I am thrilled and honored to serve as guest program curator for this distinguished series, and equally excited to introduce to you many extraordinary artists performing some of the chamber music repertoire’s greatest works.

Although we are indeed in Vienna, Virginia, my choice of Austria’s Vienna as the focal point of the programs is deeply rooted in that city’s incomparable musical history. Since Franz Josef Haydn inspired the birth of the Classical Style there in the late 18th century, through the modern musical age, Vienna has likely produced more great music, by more famous composers, than any other city in the world. A combination of native Viennese, coupled with the city’s many visitors who sought both inspiration and sometimes an adopted home, comprises a collection of the most beloved and revered musical geniuses without whose music our planet would be a much poorer place.

We will indeed hear from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the first trinity of great classical era composers; Schubert and Brahms, who carried Vienna into and through the Romantic age, will also make appearances. Famous visitors such as Dvorak and Mendelssohn will be heard from, as well as a stunning genius whose Viennese-derived style brought verve and intensity to the American film industry: Erich Wolfgang von Korngold.

And finally, the artists: I am privileged to know them all musically as colleagues and personally as friends. Some, if not most, are undoubtedly known to you already either in person or in name, but those you will be encountering here for the first time will leave indelible impressions.

I hope, during my tenure here as artistic advisor, to come to know you, Wolf Trap’s devoted music lovers, individually as well. I look forward to greeting before, during and after the concerts whenever possible!

Enjoy the performances,

Wu Han