- Perkins Library Gothic Reading Room - Map
The Ciompi Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Rasumovsky." Audience members are invited to bring their own lunches and enjoy classical music in the beautiful Gothic Reading Room. The Ciompi Quartet was founded at Duke University in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. All its members are professors at Duke and play a leading role in its cultural life, in addition to traveling widely throughout the year for performances. In a career that includes many hundreds of concerts and spans five continents, the Ciompi Quartet has developed a reputation for performances of real intelligence and musical sophistication, and for a warm, unified sound that is enhanced by each player's strong individual voice. With a maturity and insight born of wide experience, the Ciompi Quartet projects the heart and soul of the music, in a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to works by today's most communicative composers.