Meng SuGuitar
Marina PiccininiFlute

Meng Su and Marina Piccinini


Please note: Yameng Wang will not be appearing in this program.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 7pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



BACH: Flute Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033; Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a (Solo Guitar); Flue Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
ROBERT BEASER: Mountain Songs (Selections)
MICHAEL COLGRASS: Wild Riot of the Shaman’s Dreams (Solo Flute)
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA: L’Histoire du Tango


F.-J. GOSSEC: Tambourin

Performance Sponsors

The Guitar Series is presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts.

About This Performance

Due to a car accident Yameng Wang will not be appearing in this program. Ms. Wang is expected to make a full recovery and will resume performing with her duo partner Meng Su in the near future.

Meng Su, one half of Bay Area favorite Beijing Guitar Duo, is the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition Gold Medalist and one of the most sought-after solo guitarists of her generation. Su and virtuoso flautist Marina Piccinini match their flawless technical command, profound musicality, and beauty of sound in a program reveling in the rich colors and textures of two instruments in intimate dialog and dance.

“Meng Su and Yameng Wang are rapidly becoming California celebrities.”

—SF Classical Voice

Performer Biographies

2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition Gold Medalist Meng Su is the first guitarist to have won both youth and the main Parkening Competition, she is also the first female guitarist to both make it to the final round of the main competition and win the Gold Medal.

Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and United States giving solo, duo, trio, and quartet concerts. She has collaborated with various orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Knights Chamber Orchestra. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut with Yameng Wang her duo partner in the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2010, which launched the duo’s international concert career. This season will take them to countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, Serbia, China and the United States. Meng Su has also toured extensively with her mentor Manuel Barrueco performing in trio in Europe and United States.

Meng Su’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds her years.”  Her debut duo CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, specially arranged for the duo. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim.

Born in Qingdao, China, Meng Su began studying the guitar at the age of five. She showed her talents from an early age and won first-prize in numerous international competitions, including the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the 1st Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany. In 2006, Meng Su came to the United States to study with the world-renowned guitarist Maestro Manuel Barrueco. She obtained her Performer’s Certificate and Graduate Performance Diplomas in both guitar and chamber music from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is currently completing her Master’s degree.

A daring and elegant artist, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, and compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini is hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.

Well-known for her commitment to new music and her history of first performances and commissions by some of today’s foremost living composers, as well as performances with esteemed orchestras worldwide, this season Ms. Piccinini gives the World, New York State, and Summer Festival World Premieres of Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for her, and performed with Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic, and conductor JoAnn Falletta and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, respectively.

An active recording artist on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, Ms. Piccinini’s latest recording is of her own arrangements of the Paganini Caprices for Avie.

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Piccinini is the first flutist to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Her career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada.

Marina Piccinini began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser, and later received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. She also worked with renowned musicians flutist Aurèle Nicolet and Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland.

Beijing Guitar Duo: Suite Retratos