A Classical Mother's Day Since Sunday is Mother's Day, we took the opportunity to talk with a well-known musical mother and her daughter about how they share music. Pianist Wu Han, and her husband, cellist David Finckel, live with their daughter, Lillian, in New York. Lillian is 10 years old and has been playing piano for several years, and she just started playing violin. Fred talks with mother and daughter about their relationship. Then, from a concert at Union College in Schenectady, New York, we hear Lillian's parents play the Cello Sonata No. 4, by Beethoven.
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A Classical Mother's Day

Pianist Wu Han and Her Daughter Share Music

A Classical Mother's Day

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For Mother's Day, NPR's Fred Child speaks with pianist Wu Han and her 10-year-old daughter Lillian about how they share music together. Lillian, an accomplished violinist and pianist, performs part of a four hands duet by 19th century German composer Carl Loewe with her mom.

Lillian has grown up in a professional music household — her dad is David Finkel, cellist with the Emerson String Quartet. She began her musical education when most children are learning their ABC's.

When she was 4, a very persistent Lillian started to ask her mother if she could take up the violin. Wu Han was a bit stubborn, believing that her daughter could not conceptualize the amount of hard work involved in learning the instrument. But Lillian won her over that time, and again when the piano caught her eye.

Now mother and daughter share music, nurturing a special bond whenever they play together.