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Ciompi Quartet: An American in Shanghai: Forgotten Stories, with Min Xiao-fen, pipa and voice

This event will be livestreamed at:

Andrew Waggoner: "Forgotten Stories" for String Quartet and Pipa (2024);
Alan Chan: "Catch Me at the Canidrome" for String Quartet and Pipa (2024); Wolfgang Fraenkel: Music for String Quartet (1949).

Few artists have done more to both honor and reinvent the 2000-year history of the pipa than soloist, vocalist and composer Min Xiao-Fen. Classically trained in her native China, she served as a principal pipa soloist at Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra and was an in-demand interpreter of traditional music before relocating to the United States and forging a new path for her instrument alongside many of the leading lights in modern jazz, free improvisation, experimental and contemporary classical music. NPR Weekend Edition lauded Ms. Min as "one of the world's greatest virtuosos" and JazzTimes hailed her as "a pioneer in integrating her ancient instrument with modern jazz and improvised music." The New York Times raved that her singular work "has traversed a sweeping musical odyssey."

Since its founding in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi, the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University has delighted audiences and impressed critics around the world. All its members are professors at Duke, where they teach instrumental lessons, coordinate and coach chamber music, and perform across campus in concert halls, libraries, dormitories and classrooms.

Contact: Duke Music