The Beijing Guitar Duo will perform at Hope College on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Composed of guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
“Both members of the Duo are particularly skillful in the fingering of rapid passages, and they perform together with almost uncanny synchronization. This talent was immediately apparent from the beginning,” said the San Francisco Examiner.
The Beijing Guitar Duo’s debut CD, “Maracaípe,” received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the title piece, which was dedicated to Su and Wang by renowned guitarist and composer Sergio Assad. The duo’s 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 Su and Wang by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, “China West,” with Barrueco was released in May 2014.
Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. They began performing together with exceptional individual credentials, including a string of competition awards, and both young artists had given solo recitals in China and abroad.
Meng Su obtained her Performer’s Certificate and the Graduate Performer’s Diploma from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and is currently continuing her studies with guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco in the chamber music program. Su’s discography includes a live CD and DVD release of a 2005 guitar concert in Korea as well as a release of “Four Angels.”
After graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music of China in 2006, Yameng Wang enrolled in the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. There, she finished her Master of Music degree in 2008 and is currently in the Graduate Performance Diploma program. She has three albums of her own and contributed to GHA’s album, “The Best of Classical Guitar.”
Individual tickets for the concert are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for students 18 and under. Tickets are available online at hope.edu/tickets as well as at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.