David Finckel is a cellist in the Emerson String Quartet, but has also played to considerable acclaim on his own as a soloist and as partner in a duo with his wife, pianist Wu Han. Born the son of composer Edwin Finckel, David Finckel began his cello studies at an early age, receiving instruction from his father and later with Mstislav Rostropovich. Finckel had already established himself as a solo artist on an international level before joining the Emerson String Quartet, replacing departing cellist Eric Wilson. With Emerson, Finckel has played more than 100 concerts worldwide and participates in the quartet's residencies and recordings for Deutsche Grammophon.
David Finckel and Han founded the label ArtistLed in 1997 in order to have a platform from which to launch their own recordings, which are made under their own control. In 2003 Finckel and Han also founded a chamber music series in the Silicon Valley called Music@Menlo, which has attracted some of the finest East Coast musicians to the west for a round of concerts and workshops and a chance to mingle with their West Coast counterparts. Finckel is regularly involved in the annual Aspen Music Festival, and has given the premieres of works by composers John Harbison, Augusta Read Thomas, and Brad Richter, and has recorded the cello works written by his father for ArtistLed.