Meng Su

Winner of the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition, half of the extraordinary Beijing Guitar Duo; a player of strength, virtuosity, and exquisite attentiveness to musical detail

“Star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come” — Classical Guitar

Friday, September 23, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Symphony Space
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York

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BACH Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Sonata “Omaggio a Boccherini”
WALTON Five Bagatelles
ASSAD Aquarelle

2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition Gold Medalist Meng Su is the first guitarist to have won both the youth and main Parkening Competition. She is the first female guitarist to win the Gold Medal, and the first to make it to the final round of the main competition.

Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, giving solo, duo, trio, and quartet concerts. She has collaborated with various orchestras, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and the Knights Chamber Orchestra. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut with Yameng Wang, her duo partner in the Beijing Guitar Duo, in 2010, which launched the duo’s international concert career. This season will take them to countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, Serbia, China, and the United States. Meng Su has also toured extensively with her mentor, Manuel Barrueco, performing in trio in Europe and the United States.

Meng Su’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with an ability and artistry that exceeds her years. Her debut duo CD, Maracaípe, received a Latin Grammy nomination for the title piece, which was dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo 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. A trio recording, China West, with Maestro Barrueco, was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim.

Born in Qingdao, China, Meng Su began studying the guitar at the age of 5. She showed her talents from an early age and won first-prize in numerous international competitions, including the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the 1st Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany. In 2006, Meng Su came to the United States to study with Maestro Barrueco. She obtained her Performer’s Certificate and Graduate Performance Diplomas in both guitar and chamber music from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she recently completed her Master’s degree.