PIVOT: New Adventures in the Performing Arts
Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 2pm
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater | Rembe Stage
$25 General Admission
J.S. BACH: Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV1006a (selections)
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Sonata “Omaggio a Boccherini” Op. 77
JOHN WILLIAMS: Rounds
SERGIO ASSAD: Sun Wukong’s Toccata [World Premiere]
SCOTT LEE: To Build a House
The program will be 60-75 minutes long, without intermission.
About This Performance
Virtuoso guitarist (and SFP’s former resident artist) Meng Su will trace the transformations of the guitar—one of the oldest and most adaptable of instruments—from the classical traditions of Bach, to the soaring lyricism of American film music in John Williams, to a new piece evoking the synthesized sounds and driving pulse of EDM (electronic dance music), to a world premiere of a work by Brazilian master Sergio Assad inspired by the Chinese tale of the Monkey King and his supernatural powers of “72 transformations.” The first female winner of the prestigious Christopher Parkening Competition, Su is also familiar to San Francisco as one-half of the Beijing Guitar Duo. Her program mirrors the global travels and ever-changing styles that the guitar has traversed, and Su will demonstrate in full the guitar’s special world of sound.
“…Su’s captivating performance of Sergio Assad’s Aquarelle brought out the underlying Samba rhythms in magical fashion.”
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.