Shuang Guo - Conductor and Pianist
Growing up in a musical family in Beijing, Mrs. Guo started piano at the age of 5, attended Central Conservatory's Music Boarding School for Talented Children in Beijing studying piano and composition. She received her Bachelor’s degrees on both piano and conducting from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, with Professors Ying Wu, Xiaoying Zheng, Xin Xu and Hongnian Yang. She received Artist Diplomas in piano and conducting from Hochschule der Kunster in Berlin, Germany, with Professors Hellwig and Rubinstein. She has a doctoral degree in piano performance from University of Missouri, Kansas City, with Professors Joan Baker and Robert Weirich.
As a Conductor, Shuang Guo has conducted European orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Radio Symphony, New Brandenburg Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Rannana Symphony in Israel, Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, Kansas City Camerata, China Women's Philharmonic Orchestra and Qingdao Philharmonic in China. As the conductor of the Woman’s Philharmonic in Beijing, Dr. Guo often appeared as pianist and conductor simultaneously.
As a Concert Pianist, Dr. Guo has performed concertos with Berlin Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Rannana Symphony Orchestra in Israel, Chinese Woman’s Philharmonic in Beijing, Kansas City Camerata and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. She has given recitals in Germany, England, China, Israel and the United States. In addition, by including Chinese compositions into her recital programs, she demonstrates commitment to further understanding of Chinese music in the western world. She and her sister Xiang Guo have performed piano duet extensively in China. Their tours were broadcasted by Chinese National TV stations.
For the past years, Dr. Guo served as the Music Director of several choruses in NJ and NY, including Chinese American Music Ensemble, Knowledge of Sound Chorus, Haiyun Chorus, New York Chinese Chorus and Huaxia Chorus. Her appearance as the guest conductor with New Jersey Festival Orchestra in 2009 and 2016 was in the performance of Yellow River Cantata. She led Choruses performing many concerts in different Lincoln Center concert halls.
She is married to David Wroe, the Music Director of New Jersey Festival Orchestra. They live in Westfield NJ with their 2 sons. Other than leading the choruses, she has a large piano studio in Westfield, NJ.