On September 1, 2020 the Ciompi Quartet performed a socially-distanced concert outside Baldwin Auditorium to an appreciative audience of mostly first-year students in the Chamber Music program. (Photo Credit: Hsiao-mei Ku)
The Ciompi Quartet traveled to Taiwan at the end of April 2019 to perform concerts, lead master classes, and see some amazing musical instruments. The group's first stop was the Chimei Museum in Tainan, a two hour train ride from Taipei. The Chimei Museum houses one of the world's finest collection of string instruments, including instruments by the Stradivari and Guarneri families. The next day (April 26) the Ciompi led a chamber music master class at the Taipei National University of the Arts. On April 27, they performed a concert at the Eslite Performance Hall in Taipei which included works by Dvorak and Debussy with remarks by Dr. G L Peng. The following evening, the Ciompi performed another concert at the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, sponsored by Dr. Andrew Huang. Several Duke alumni were in attendance, making the Quartet's final concert in Taiwan an even more special event.