Past Artists

  • This year's visiting artists include Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng; Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader); pianist Conrad Tao, cited by The New York Times as “one of five classical music faces to watch;” internationally renowned Imani Winds (pictured); and Horszowski Piano Trio, dubbed "power players" by The Los Angeles Times.
  • JACK Quartet's two year residency is a joint venture between Duke Performances and the Department of Music and includes concerts, master classes, and reading, workshopping, and recording new music by graduate students in Duke's composition program. The Boston Globe hails JACK Quartet as "the superheroes of the new music world."
  • yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers.
  • The Naumburg Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Da Capo Chamber Players embodies an exciting legacy of musical directions: openness to a wide spectrum of styles of new music plus a special dedication to working with composers. Da Capo is a leader in building a strong heritage of present-day American chamber music: the group is known not only for exceptional artistry but also for the wealth of new compositions written for them.
  • Formed in 2010, Deviant Septet has been hailed as an “exciting” (New York Times), “stylish new ensemble” (New York Magazine). The goal of Deviant Septet is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for his "L’histoire du Soldat" ensemble by bringing together an unusual combination of instruments— the soprano and bass voice of every instrument family: violin and bass, clarinet and bassoon, trumpet and trombone, and percussion.