Meng Su Classical Guitarist from China Performs on Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Meng Su performs Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232

Born in Qingdao, China, Meng Su demonstrated her artistic gifts as an exceptionally talented guitarist from an early age. Before graduating from high school, she had already won many awards, including the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany.

In her short time as a performing artist, she has performed solo, duo, and quartet concerts across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, Korea, Japan, and China, in which she has impressed audiences with an ability and artistry that exceeds her years.

Ms. Su performs regularly in chamber music setting. She formed the Beijing Guitar Duo together with her long-time friend Yameng Wang. They first met at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where they both studied, but the duo was formally established at the encouragement of Manuel Barrueco who was their teacher and mentor at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. The BGD has performed in guitar centers in countries such as Poland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Serbia, Italy, China, and around the United States. In addition, they have toured in trio with Manuel Barrueco several times around the US and in Europe.

This past season Meng Su performed the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and toured in trio with flutist Marina Piccinini. Future engagements include a tour of Europe in trio; the China premiere of Tan Dun’s concerto for guitar and orchestra with the China Philharmonic; a performance of the Aranjuez with the Guangzhou Symphony; a BGD performance of the Madrigal with the Singapore Chinese Symphony; and solo and BGD tour of the Europe, Canada and the United States.

In 2009 the Beijing Guitar Duo released their debut recording, Maracaipe, for Tonar, their exclusive label. The title piece, written and dedicated to them by Sergio Assad, received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for best contemporary classical composition. Their second recording, Bach to Tan Dun released in October 2011, features music of Bach, Scarlatti, Tedesco, Granados, as well as the world premiere recording of Tan Dun’s “Eight Memories in Watercolor’ of which Tan Tun said: “Bach to Tan Dun is a must-listen. I was deeply moved by Meng and Yameng’s guitar version of [my] ‘Eight Memories in Watercolor.’” In 2014 Tonar released, a trio recording with Manuel Barrueco, China West–a stunning showcase of artistry and virtuosity. Ms. Su’s first solo CD, Meng, was released in July 2016.

Meng Su obtained a Performer’s Certificate, two Graduate Performer’s Diplomas, and a Masters of Music degree with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is currently completing her Artist Diploma program at Peabody, which only selects a couple of candidates each year in a competitive process across all instruments.

In 2015, Meng Su received 1st prize in the Parkening International Guitar Competition, which takes place every three years in Malibu, CA.

Reviews

“a meditative and improvisational interpretation full of exquisite rubato and colorful effects…that took my breath away ” – SF Classical Voice​

 “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come.”                                                       – Classical Guitar Magazine

“Ms. Su’s captivating performance of Sergio Assad’s Aquarelle brought out the underlying Samba rhythms in magical fashion” – ClevelandClassical.com​

 

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