Undergraduate string players at Duke study with members of the Ciompi Quartet as part of their curriculum. Students of all levels reach toward their full potential under the guidance of their teacher-mentors. Along with individual lessons, Ciompi members hold frequent class recitals and workshops for all to participate in; as they progress in ability, students can choose to give full-length recitals as well. Chamber music classes organized by quartet members each semester are also popular and open to all interested students. The Quartet members regularly invite colleagues and musical luminaries to give master classes. Being a string player at Duke means choosing from innumerable opportunities that offer the chance to stretch one’s abilities to new heights; time and ambition are the only limitations!
The Portfolio Project
The Ciompi Quartet Portfolio Project began in the summer of 2020 as a way for the Quartet to engage with composers in Duke Music’s graduate program during the COVID-19 pandemic, when live performances were curtailed and composers and performers needed creative outlets for their music. Portfolio Project 2020 was presented by Duke Music’s Best of Biddle virtual series, with the video receiving hundreds of views since its premiere.
The success of the initial project inspired the Ciompi Quartet to continue the Portfolio Project in the summers of 2021 and 2022. Read more about the composers and hear recorded performances at the links below.
Residencies and Workshops
The Ciompi Quartet is available for short term residencies and workshops at your institution. While in town for a concert, they can conduct string masterclasses, and in some cases be available for private instruction. Experience a workshop with the Ciompi Quartet, and enrich your academic curriculum. Concert/workshop combinations are also available.