Beijing Guitar Duo
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran ChurchVenue Information
About This Performance
Boasting a powerful, accomplished style and the ability to perform practically anything, the Beijing Guitar Duo is credited with inspiring and energizing the next generation of classical guitarists. “The Beijing Guitar Duo’s performance was a model of elegant clarity, sumptuously beautiful tone production, and emotional contrast” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco proclaimed them “the best guitar duo in the world.”
FRANCK: Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18
DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
FAURÉ: Dolly Suite, Op. 56
GRANADOS: Valses Poéticos
ALBÉNIZ: Bajo la Palmera; Castilla
PIAZZOLLA: Tango Suite
Praised by the distinguished Classical Guitar Magazine as “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come,” Beijing Guitar Duo made their New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010 and launched their international concert career.
Guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang, as Beijing Guitar Duo, have performed around the world in halls such as the Concertgebouw, Palau de Musica, Tchaikovsky Hall and the National Theatre in Beijing. The duo regularly collaborates with orchestras, in ensemble with flutist Marina Piccinini, guitarists Grigoryan Brothers, and with legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco touring in Europe, Australia, Asia and the U.S.
The Beijing Guitar Duo's performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” Their debut CD, Maracaípe, received a Latin-Grammy© nomination for the title piece, which was dedicated to them by renowned guitarist/composer Sérgio 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 by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014.
Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. They came to their partnership with exceptional credentials, including a string of competition awards. Ms. Su’s honors include victories at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Guitarist Competition, while Ms. Wang was the youngest guitarist to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12, and was invited by Radio France to perform at the prestigious Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14. Both young artists had given solo recitals in China and abroad, and had made recordings before they formed their duo.
In addition to concertizing, the duo shares a love for teaching which brings them to major conservatories worldwide for master classes and to judge competitions. The duo served as Artists-in-Residence from 2011-2015 for San Francisco Performances, which brought them to the Bay Area two weeks a year for community outreach, performances, and masterclasses in public schools as well as clinics at San Francisco Conservatory.