The incredible Chinese guitarist Meng Su has been making her mark on the music scene in the past several years, as a duo artist with Yameng Wang in the Beijing Guitar Duo, as a trio artist with Yawei and Manuel Barrueco, and most recently as a solo artist. Meng recently won the highly competitive Christopher Parkening Competition – one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – and followed that with the release of her first solo album, which is receiving rave reviews. Don’t miss this chance to see Meng in this very rare solo appearance. She might just bring down the house!
Works by Bach, Assad, Piazzolla and Yi.
Guest Opening Artist: Phillip Smith
This concert will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.
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2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition Gold Medalist Meng Su is the first guitarist to have won both youth and the main Parkening Competition, she is also the first female guitarist to both make it to the final round of the main competition and win the Gold Medal.
Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and 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 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 titled piece, which was dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, a "Must-listen" prasied by composer Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim. In July 2016, Meng released her first solo album Meng.
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 the world-renowned guitarist Maestro Manuel Barrueco. She obtained her Master's degree and Graduate Performance Diplomas in both guitar and chamber music from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is currently completing her Artist Diploma.
For more information about Meng Su, please visit http://www.mengsuguitar.com/.
Wilmington Classical Guitar Season 2017-18 Concerts
September 23 - WCGS Members Showcase at Old Town Hall
October 21 - Meng Su, classical guitar with special guest Phillip Smith at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
November 18 - Boyd Meets Girl* (Rupert Boyd, classical guitar and Laura Metcalf, cello) with special guest Luke Honer at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
February 24 - Xiaobo Pu, classical guitar and Emma Resmini, flute at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
March 24 - Young Ik Jang, classical guitar with special guest Benjamin Pasternak at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
April 21 - GFA Winner's Tour Featuring Xavier Jara, classical guitar* with special guest Andrew DiGiandomenico at University of Delaware
May 26 - 6th Annual WCGS Members Concert at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
*Check our website for masterclass dates and times.