Michael Finckel, cello
Michael Finckel enjoys a wide-ranging career as cellist, conductor, teacher, and composer. A founding member of the Trio of the Americas and the Cabrini Quartet, he performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and performs with members of his family in the renowned Finckel Cello Quartet.
Mr. Finckel’s passion for contemporary music has involved him in performances with many of New York’s leading new-music groups including Speculum Musicae, Ensemble Sospeso, Columbia Symphonietta, Group for Contemporary Music, SEM Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, and the American Composer’s Orchestra, as well as performances with members of the New York Philharmonic under the directions of Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein. From 1984 to 1995 he held the Gheris Chair as Principal Cellist of the Bethlehem Bach Choir Orchestra and earlier served as principal cellist of the Vermont State Symphony and the Orchestra of Our Time in New York.
Since 1992, Finckel has been Music Director of the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, Vermont. As director, he oversees the orchestra’s active commissioning program and this year initiated a pilot program in which talented high-school students collectively compose a symphonic work for the orchestra’s annual youth concert.
Finckel teaches cello and chamber music at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and privately at his studio in New York City. He is a regular summer faculty member at the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East in Bennington, Vermont, the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and at the Kinhaven Music School’s Adult Chamber Music Workshop. Past teaching posts have included Cornell and Princeton Universities and Bennington College.
Finckel has recorded for the Dorian, Opus One, New World, CRI, Vanguard, Vox/Candide and ECM/Warner Bros. labels.