Violinist Hsiao-mei Ku is a professor in Duke University’s Department of Music and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. She made her début at the age of seven in her native China, and three years later entered the Central Conservatory in Beijing, then directed by the composer Ma Sicong, whose work she has done much to promote. Ku performed on many occasions for China’s leaders and foreign dignitaries, first appearing on Chinese television at the age of eleven. At 21 she became concertmaster of the Zongzheng Orchestra in Beijing. In recognition of her artistic achievement as a soloist, she won the prestigious Government Award for Best Performance, and continued her studies in the United States at Indiana University’s School of Music, earning a Master of Music degree with Distinction and a Performer’s Certificate. She has an active career as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. Concert tours take her around the world, from the United States to major cities in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. She is a sought-after artist for master-classes, music festivals, and universities worldwide. Since 1999, Ku has held the post of Visiting Professor of Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory, appointed by the Department of Culture in Guangdong Province, China.