Hsiao-mei Ku, violin and R. Larry Todd, piano: works of Mozart, Schubert, and Ravel
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hsiao-mei Ku is a Professor in the Department of Music at Duke University and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. She made her debut at age seven and began her professional training three years later at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, first appearing on Chinese television at the age of eleven and subsequently performing on many occasions for China's leaders and foreign dignitaries. After coming to America, she received her Master of Music degree with distinction and was a recipient of the Performer's Certificate from the School of Music, Indiana University. Since 1999, Ku has held the post of Visiting Professor of Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory and leads groups of students to China each summer as part of the Duke Engage Program. R. Larry Todd is Arts and Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke University. Among his books are "Mendelssohn: A Life in Music" (Oxford Univ. Press), named best biography of 2003 by the Association of American Publishers and a biography of Fanny Hensel, titled "Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn." A graduate of Yale University, where he received his Ph.D., he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir. His current projects include recording the Beethoven violin sonatas with Katharina Uhde, and writing a monographwith Marc Moskovitz about Beethoven's cello music.