Hsiao-Mei Ku

Hsiao-Mei Ku

Professor of the Practice of Music


External Address: 
082 Mary Duke Biddle, Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
(919) 660-3329
  • Master of Music with Distinction, Indiana University, 1983    Edit
  • Recipient - Performer's Certificate School of Music, Indiana University, 1983    Edit
  • Special Program Iowa State University, 1981    Edit
  • Diploma Central School of Music, Beijing, China, 1970 

1. Numerous solo and chamber music appearances internationally as well as in the U. S. A. 
 2.Recordings with Ciompi Quartet on Sheffield Lab and Albany labels.
3.Solo CD album, "Music of Violn and Piano of Ma Sicong (I)" volume 2 (Naxos 8.570600) is first of the Naxos’s new series “Chinese Classics”, released under Naxos in July 2007
4. Solo CD of “Music for violin and Piano” volume 2 (Naxos 8.570605) by the Chinese composer Ma Sicong has been featured at ClassicsOnline in November, 2009 and has been released by Naxos in March, 2010.  The album can be found at: http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=889226


  • M.Mus., Indiana University at Bloomington 1983

Music for violin and Piano. Musician. (2010)


Music for violin and Piano” volume 2, by the Chinese composer Ma Sicong, Naxos 8.570605, vol. 2 (March, 2010), Naxos

Music for Violin and Piano. Musician. ClassicsOnline (2009)


Hsiao-mei Ku and Ning Lu, "Music for Violin and Piano" Vol.II by Ma Sicong (November, 2009), ClassicsOnline

Violin and Piano Music of Ma Sicong (I). Musician. (2007)


Hsiao-mei Ku and Ning Lu, Violin and Piano Music of Ma Sicong (I) (July, 2007), Naxos

String Quartet No.2. Musician. (2005)


Malcom Peyton, String Quartet No.2 (November, 2005). String Quartet No.2 by Malcolm Peyton –originally written for the Ciompi

Nassuh. Musician. (2005)


Scott Lindroth, Nassuh (March, 2005). String Quartet No.2 by Malcolm Peyton –originally written for the Ciompi Nassuh with Susan Narucki by Scott Lindroth.

“Sinian”, “Xiyou” and “Yaoshanying”. Musician. (2005)


H. Ku, Zheng Qiufeng, Three Solo Violin Works, “Sinian”, “Xiyou” and “Yaoshanying”, China Records, GCD-5196, 2002 (2005)

Ciompi Quartet Concerts Dates. Performing artist. (2014)


December 4 Performance at Prof. Scott Lindroth’s class of final composition projects
December 2 Performance at Prof. Philip Rupprecht’s MUS461 class of final composition projects
November 23 Performance at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
November 19 Educational Performance at Central Park School for Children, Durham, NC
November 10 Performance for “Presentation of Photographs and Memorabilia from the Collection of Dr. Meyer, Biddle
November 8 Performance at Bethany Lutheran College– Mankato
November 7 Reading Prof. Chia-yu Hsu’s students compositions
November 6 Performance at Univ. of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
November 3 Duke Symphony’s Sectional Coaching
November 3 Performance for Professor Harry Davidson’s Class “Composers of Influence”, East Duke
November 1 Ciompi series with Amernet String Quartet, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke
October 30 OLLI – Continuing Education Course
October 28 OLLI – Continuing Education Course
October 24 OLLI – Continuing Education Course
October 21 OLLI – Continuing Education Course

September 30 Chavis Concert, Nelson, East Duke
September 27 Concert at Forest of Duke, Durham, NC
September 20 Ciompi series with pianist Awadagin Pratt, Baldwin, Duke
September 19 Performance at WUNC Radio” The State of Things” hosted
by Frank Stasio
September 16 Ciompi Performance for Gile Dorm, East Duke University
September 13 Ciompi/Music Department Faculty’s Concert at Baldwin
September 7 Ciompi’s Performance for Duke OLLI Convocation,
August 31 Ciompi Concert at Blowing Rock arts and History Museum
Blowing Rock, NC
August 30 Ciompi’s Concert at Carolina Summer Music Festival,
Kulynych Auditorium, Wake Forest University, Winston-
Salem, NC
August 25 Ciompi’s Performance for Pegram Dorm to celebrate the
First day of Classes, East Duke
May 5 Ciompi Concert at Eglise Saint-Sulpice, Founeres, France
May 3 Ciompi Concert at Festival Fougeres Musiccales, France
(E1) (F1)
April 25 Ciompi’s Reading and Recording of Wenjia Xu’s senior’s
Distinction project composition: “The Elements Suite”
April 19 Ciompi series, Melidan Wagner “My Tioga” world
Premiere (E2)
April 16 Ciompi Concert, Campus Club, Durham, NC
March 25 Ciompi’s “Lunch Series”, Duke Chapel, Duke University
February 26 Ciompi’s sectional coaching for Duke Symphony, Duke
February 23 Ciompi’s Concert at Asheville Chamber Music Series,
Asheville, NC
February 10 Ciompi’s Concert for Proctor High School, Utica, NY
February 9 Ciompi’s Concert at the Chamber Music Society of Utica
February 5 Ciompi’s Peformance for Prof. Lindroth’s Mus 290 “Music
And the Brain” class
February 4 Ciompi’s Performance for Duke’s Cancer Center, Duke
January 26 Ciompi’s Concert at the Fearrington Concert Series,
Fearrington, NC
January 25 Ciompi’s series with Duke music students, Baldwin, Duke
January 23 Ciompi’s Performance for “Duke Forward”, Duke Development Event, Baldwin, Duke University
January 14 Ciompi’s “Lunch Series” at Duke Chapel, Duke


Selected Grants

Recovery of Chinese Compositional Heritage: Research and Artistic Performance of Two Works by Ma Sicong (1912-1972) awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008