Ithaca College Concerts
|Beijing Guitar Duo|
|Friday, September 24, 2010|
8:15 p.m., Ford Hall
J. S. Bach/Busoni/Stracke: Chaconne
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonatina Canonica, op. 196
Sergio Assad: Aquarelle
Domeniconi: The Bridge of the Birds
Gnattali: Suite Retratos
The Beijing Guitar Duo, composed of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, is widely noted for its outstanding technique and artistic musicality.
Ms. Su and Ms. Wang first met at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where they both studied with the acclaimed professor Chen Zhi. The Beijing Guitar Duo was formally established at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2008 at the encouragement of their mentor Manuel Barrueco.
The impressive individual talents of Ms. Su and Ms. Wang come together to create what is sure to be one of the most exciting guitar duos on the scene today. As recipients of the “Solomon H. Snyder Award,” the Beijing Guitar Duo made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 19, 2010. Other upcoming performances include recitals in Denmark, China, Germany and the United States.
They are deeply dedicated to developing and exploring new repertoire. In April 2010 they joined Manuel Barrueco in premiering a new guitar trio written for them by Sergio Assad called “Enchanted Island.” In addition, the duo will premiere Tan Dun’s “Eight Memories in Watercolor,” in a new version for two guitars, arranged specifically for the duo.
Their first duo recording, “Maracaípe,” was released in December 2009. The album features the world premiere recording of "Maracaípe," a work written by renowned guitarist and composer Sergio Assad and dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo for this recording.
Meng Su and Yameng Wang are currently completing their advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Manuel Barrueco.