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In collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Music of the Americas presents a recital by Manuel Barrueco and Beijing Guitar Duo. Barrueco served as a mentor for the duo, and the three released a recording in trio, China West, in 2014.
The NYGS offers classical guitar students the opportunity to join the world's top performers and competition winners for a packed week of concerts, masterclasses, rehearsals, and workshops.
Manuel Barrueco and the Beijing Guitar Duo in Cordóba, 2013.
About the artists
Guitarist Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world such as the Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Royal Albert Hall (London), Philharmonie (Berlin), Teatro Real (Madrid), and Palau de la Musica (Barcelona). He has completed a dozen tours of Japan and has appeared throughout Asia; in Latin America he has performed in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Puerto Rico. Barrueco's commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Toru Takemitsu. In 2007 he received a Grammy nomination for the “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” for Solo Piazzolla, the first recording to be released on his Manuel Barrueco Collection (Tonar Music). Tango Sensations and Sounds of the Americas followed, in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano; the latter received a Latin Grammy for Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Inca Dances” for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” In 2010 he released Tárrega!, which received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album”; Medea, which includes Barrueco’s arrangement of the ballet by flamenco guitarist/composer Manolo Sanlúcar—recorded with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, led by Víctor Pablo Pérez —received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album.” His latest release is China West, a recording of guitar trios in collaboration with his protégés, Beijing Guitar Duo. Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight in his native Cuba. After emigrating to the U.S. in the late 1960s with his family, he trained at Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now maintains a small studio of students from across the world. In 2011, Manuel Barrueco received the United States Artist Fontanals Fellowship for Artistic Excellence.
Composed of guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo (BGD) has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. This past season took them to countries such as China, Denmark, Germany, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States. The duo has toured extensively with their mentor, Barrueco, in Finland, Germany, Russia, Spain, and the United States. BGD’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years” (Baltimore Magazine). Their debut album Maracaípe received a Latin Grammy nomination for the title track, which was written for them by Sergio Assad. Their second album, Bach to Tan Dun, is notable for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, arranged for the duo by Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West with Barrueco, was released in May 2014. Su and Wang were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. Su was awarded top prizes from the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition; Wang was the youngest guitarist in history to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age 12 and was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14. Both young artists had given solo recitals in China and abroad and made solo recordings prior to forming the duo. The duo shares a love for teaching, which takes them to major conservatories around the world for masterclasses and competitions. Since 2011 they have been artists-in-residence for the San Francisco Performances, which takes them to the Bay Area every year for community outreach, performances, and masterclasses in public schools as well as for the San Francisco Conservatory. The Maryland State Art Council’s Touring Artists Grant program has supported BGD since 2014.