Beijing Guitar Duo
Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. This past season took them to countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama, and the United States. The duo has toured extensively with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, appearing in such countries as Germany, Finland, Spain, Russia, as well as the United States.
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 titled piece, which was dedicated to them 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 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 the 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 Young 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 solo recordings before they formed the duo.
In addition to concertizing, the members of the duo share a love for teaching which brings them to major conservatories in the world for master classes and to judge competitions. Since 2011 they have been Artists-in-residence for the San Francisco Performances. This four-year residency program brings them to the Bay Area every year for community outreach, performances, and master classes in public schools as well as for the San Francisco Conservatory.
Two Sonatas by DOMENICO SCARLATTI
I. 173, L. 447 (arr. Alexandre Lagoya)
II. 141, L. 422 (arr. Beijing Guitar Duo)
Valses Poéticos by ENRIQUE GRANADOS
Vivace molto e melodico
Tempo de vals noble
Tempo de vals lento
Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)
from Eight Memories in Watercolor, op. 1 by TAN DUN
from Five Bagatelles by WILLIAM WALTON
Mazurka apasionada by AUGUSTÍN BARRIOS MANGORÉ
Nian Hua (Chinese New Year’s Paintings)* by CHEN YI
Spring Ox and Herdboy
Five Boys Snatch Lotus Seeds Pods
Prosperity in the New Year
Bajo la Palmera by ISAAC ALBÉNIZ
from Suite Retratos by RADAMÉS GNATTALI
Anacleto de Madeiros (Schottisch)
Chiquinha Gonzaga (Corta Jaca)
* The commission of Nian Hua was been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
Adult $36 | K-12 students free, when accompanied by at least one paying adult | All fees included
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Patrons and artists are invited to join us for a post-concert reception, where they can meet up with other chamber-music lovers for delicious treats and delightful conversation.
We hope you enjoy this concert, featured as a selection in the John I. and Elizabeth E. Patches Chamber Music Series.