The Beijing Guitar Duo is composed of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, who met at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where they both studied with Chen Zhi. In 2006, the year of their graduation, they met Manuel Barrueco while he was on tour in Hong Kong. At his personal invitation, they applied and were accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where they continued their studies with Mr. Barrueco. At his recommendation, they formed their duo in 2009.
Each young woman came to the partnership with exceptional credentials, including a string of competition awards. Both were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, in the province of Shandong. 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, while 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 prestigious Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14. Both young artists had also given solo recitals at home and abroad and made solo recordings before they formed the Duo.
Among its first achievements, the Duo received the Solomon H. Snyder Award, which underwrites the New York debut of distinctive Peabody guitar students. As a result, the Duo made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in April 2009 to critical acclaim. This past season took the Duo to countries such as Germany, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Serbia, China and the United States. The Duo has also toured extensively with its mentor Manuel Barueco, appearing in such countries as Germany, Finland, Spain as well as the US.
In 2009 the Beijing Guitar Duo released its debut recording, Maracaípe, for Tonar, its exclusive label. The title piece, written and dedicated to them by Sérgio Assad, received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for best contemporary classical composition. Its second recording, titled Bach to Dun, was released in October 2011. The recital CD featured music of Scarlatti, Bach, Tedesco and Granados along with Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor in the world premiere recording of an arrangement for two guitars. A trio recording with Maestro Manuel Barrueco - "China West" - was released in 2014 due to critical acclaim.