Hsiao-mei Ku

Professor of the Practice of Music

103 Pegram and Supporting Brown

Hsiao-mei Ku, a Naxos Artist and violinist, is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Duke University and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. In addition to her worldwide performing career with the quartet, she has developed research and performing interests related to her own heritage, the Chinese culture. Her two solo CDs, Violin and Piano Music by Ma Sicong (I) and (II), were released by Naxos in 2007 and 2010, respectively. For the last nine summers, with the generous support of The Duke Endowment and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hsiao-mei has been a faculty director of DukeEngage Zhuhai program and led a group of Duke students to engage intensely in immersive service and launch mentoring and school art programs in Zhuhai, a city in southern part of China.

What Hsiao-mei likes about being a Faculty-in Residence in Pegram is not only does she get to interact with students outside of the classroom setting, but she is particularly proud when she attends students’ productions where Pegramites take up leadership and engage themselves in the arts scene at Duke. She urges the first-year students to take advantage of what Duke can offer and go explore the opportunities both within and outside of the classroom, and make the Duke experience truly memorable! Hsiao-mei lives with her husband Leonid Zilper who is a cellist originally from Moscow, former Soviet Union.