Hsiao-mei Ku, violin, and R. Larry Todd, piano
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
Program includes the Violin Sonata F-A-E, a collaborative work by Schumann, Brahms, and Dietrich; as well as Hindemith's Sonata Op. 11, No. 1 and Amy Beach's "Romance," Op. 23. Hsiao-mei Ku is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Duke and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. In addition to her worldwide performing career, she has developed research and performing interests related to her own heritage, the Chinese culture. She has led the Ciompi Quartet to perform in China three times: in 1991, to participate in the Festival of the Bicentennial Celebration of Mozart in Beijing, in 2002, on a concert tour of six cities, and in December 2011. Her two solo CDs, Violin and Piano Music by Ma Sicong (I) and (II), were released by Naxos in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Ms. Ku received her Master of Music degree with distinction at the School of Music, Indiana University. Before joining the faculty at Duke, she held the position of Associate Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony and was a member of the Carolina Quartet. R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke. A leading Mendelssohn scholar, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir. His recording with Nancy Green of the complete cello and piano works of Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel has recently been released from JRI Recordings.