Melbourne Recital Centre is excited to host the world-renown Beijing Guitar Duo for an astounding evening of guitar virtuosity.
This confluence of guitar duos from the Asia/Pacific region was born in 2016 when Slava & Leonard Grigoryan were invited to perform a series of concerts with Meng Su and Yameng Wang China’s Shandong province. The four guitarists felt an immediate musical connection. As established duos at the top of their field on the international stage with hectic touring schedules, it was not until August this year that they could reunite for an Australian tour.
The Grigoryan Brothers are well known to Australian audiences having received 4 ARIA Awards with a long history of performances at festivals, concert halls in all capital cities and regular performances throughout regional Australia.
Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the same city, met when they were studying guitar and subsequently formed the Beijing Guitar Duo. They have been based in the USA for a number of years. Both became students of Manuel Barrueco, who is regarded as one of the finest guitarists of the modern era. Mr Barrueco was so impressed by their abilities that they formed a trio that has toured extensively and recorded an album in 2014.
Together they showcase their truly unique guitar talents that have garnered global praise and acclaim, performing a program rich in culture, Australian, Chinese and European classical repertoire in the stunning surrounds and acoustic of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Raz Music
Beijing Guitar Duo
Meng Su guitar
Yameng Wang guitar
Meng Su and Yameng Wang are the Beijing Guitar Duo. They have performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. This past season took them to countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama, and the United States. The duo has toured extensively with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, appearing in such countries as Germany, Finland, Spain, Russia, as well as the United States.
The Beijing Guitar Duo’s performances and recordings have impressed with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to them 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, arranged for the duo by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014.
Since 2011 they have been Artists-in-residence for the San Francisco Performances. This four-year residency program brings them to the Bay Area every year for community outreach, performances, and master classes in public schools as well as for the San Francisco Conservatory.
The Grigoryan Brothers
Slava Grigoryan guitar
Leonard Grigoryan guitar
Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation having developed a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing genres such as classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world. Between them, they have received 3 ARIA awards (Australian Recording Industry Association) and an incredible 24 ARIA Award nominations. As a duo they have recorded 8 albums with the 9th coming out in 2018. They have been touring internationally since 2003, regularly performing throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, as well as more exotic performances in Brazil, South Africa, India and the Middle East.
Their diverse repertoire continues to present new opportunities for performances in traditional and unconventional settings, from projects with orchestras to duo performances in iconic classical venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Their ability to perform in disparate genres has resulted in invitations from arts festivals, jazz festivals, folk festivals and Womad, as well as performing in more intimate spaces such as clubs and salons.
Testament to their broad appeal and incredible skills is reflected in their most recent tours: In August 2017 they performed as support for the Canadian singer/songwriter KD Lang on her Ingénue Redux, 25th Anniversary Tour. This was followed immediately by another National tour sharing the stage and billing with the great Flamenco guitarist Paco Pena. All of this occurred while their latest classical release ‘Songs Without Words’ has been at the top of the classical music charts for 3 months.
Thursday 16 August 2018 7.30pm
Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)
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