Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo has been praised as “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come” (Classical Guitar Magazine).
The Beijing Guitar Duo made their New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and was immediately signed after the concert by William Capone of Arts Management Group, Inc., which launched their international concert career. This past season took them to Germany, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Serbia, China, and the United States.
The Duo has also toured extensively with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, appearing throughout Europe and America. The Beijing Guitar Duo's performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years” (Baltimore Magazine). 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 as a the trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim.
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 in Vienna, Tokyo, Germany and a very recent Gold medal at the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition in California. Ms. Wang was the youngest guitarist ever to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age 12 and was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14.
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 lectures, as well as community outreach events. They were Artists-in-Residence for San Francisco Performances from 2011-2015. The residency program brought them to the Bay Area every six months for community outreach, performances, and master classes in public schools as well as for the San Francisco Conservatory.
The Beijing Guitar Duo is proudly supported by the Maryland State Art Council’s Touring Artists Grant program since 2014.
The Beijing Guitar Duo shares their enthusiasm with community outreaches in many U.S. cities. The duo provides several lecture/demonstration educational programs to audiences. Their programs include a broad range of traditional repertoire, as well as their arrangements of contemporary music for two guitars. Fees for these programs range from $500 to $1,500.