Meng Wang is a versatile Chinese/Australian musician, teacher and composer. Her cross-cultural life and professional experience create her unique style, which has been influenced by Chinese classical and western contemporary music. She excels in experimental and improvisation and her long-term vision is to create a deeper and reciprocal musical connection between Australia and China.
Meng has studied the Guzheng in China with leading masters since the age of seven and started giving solo performances at the age of ten. In 1999, she set up a major flood charity concert and featured on Gansu TV. She subsequently lived and studied in the UK and graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA (Hons) in Music (2006).
In 2008, she was awarded “Hull Sinfonietta’s Young International artist of the year”. In 2008 and 2009, she toured Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and France. She also performed in many significant festivals, shows and venues in London (including O2 Arena/Gorillaz, Tate Modern), Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and many other cities in the UK.
Meng had been very active in Australia since 2011: She collaborated with MAV on various projects including performances at: The Melbourne Town Hall; The Melbourne Recital Centre; the Melbourne Convention Centre (5th World Summit of Culture and Arts), the Mapping Melbourne Festival 2013/2015.
In 2015, Meng collaborated with Shanghai sound artist MHP and premier dance company CHIUCOX for a sold out season of a contemporary dance show called “Do you speak Chinese” (Dance Massive 2015), which has been resident and developed in the Malthouse Melbourne, Footscary Arts Centre, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and in Shanghai. The same year in Shanghai, Meng held a concert that has been commissioned by the Shanghai International Festival; she performed at the landmark-Power Station of Arts, at the Shanghai Rockbund Arts Museum and at the Doland Museum.
In 2016, she has been invited to perform with Regurgitator at NGV for the closing of the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s exhibition. She was the only artist invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the new Chinese Consulate in South Australia. She was also invited to perform at the Premier’s Gala Dinner in February and she collaborated with David Shea and Speak Percussion on a commissioned piece by Adelaide International Festival 2016.
Later in the same year, she collaborated with Erik Griswold, Peter Knight and the AAO at the Art Music Awards (August 2016). In October 2016, she appeared at the Shanghai Festival, composing and performing a commissioned multimedia show. In December 2016, she performed at the Mapping Melbourne Festival with Peter Knight on an experimental duet.
In January 2017, she performed at Sydney festival and MONA FOMA, including touring with Regurgitator and new collaborations including CelIF-first neuron synthesizer, Nadia Ratsimandresy and Okkyung Lee. She delivered different performances for AsiaTOPA 2017, Which includes composition and performances for a contemporary Australian dance show called “Trace of beginning “, and a collaborated with David Shea and Speak Percussion at MRC. In August, She toured Australian with Australia Art Orchestral, She appeared at Darwin festival and Brisbane festival, In September, She premiered her first chamber orchestral composition piece “Cocoon” for Australian Art Orchestral at OzAsia festival, which has been funded by Australia Council of Arts and Creative Victoria. In October, she performed three sold out concerts at Port Ferry festival, and she has composed for an Australian and Chinese collaborated modern dance and performed at Shanghai international festival.