Martin Meng was educated at the High School of the Arts in his native town Amsterdam (his main teacher Prof. Heinz Manniegel) and danced with the Dutch National Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and the Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, dancing solo parts in ballets like George Balanchine‘s Theme and Variations, Who cares?, Valery Panov‘s Cinderella, Laszlo Seregi‘s Romeo and Juliet as well as in choreographies by Roland Petit, Rudi van Dantzig, José Limon and numerous classical pas de deux.
As a result of a summer course in Varna, where Meng worked with Vladilen Semionov, Sergei Berezhnoi, Tatyana Terekhova and Irina Kolpakova, Meng was able to take part in all the classes of the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet during different tours to London, where he also worked with Yevgeny Neff, Gennady Selyutski and Olga Moiseyeva. Other important coaches were Mikhail Lavrovsky (Bolshoi Ballet), Erik Bruhn (National Ballet of Canada), John Clifford, Susan Hendl (New York City Ballet), Brigitte Thom (Deutsche Oper Berlin).
In 1994 Meng started working as a balletmaster in the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw (now the Polish National Ballet) and continued to work as an international guest teacher with engagements at the Royal Swedish Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, Choreographic Theatre of Johann Kresnik at the Berliner Volksbühne, Ballet of the Opera na Zamku (Szczecin), Flensburg Ballet.
Meng has coached most classical ballets, including internationally acknowledged productions by Konstantin Sergeyev (Swan Lake), Rudolf Nureyev (Nutcracker), Anatoli Gridin (Giselle) and Sir Frederick Ashton (La Fille mal gardée). Nowadays Meng mostly concentrates on educating future dancers. Based in Berlin, he is invited internationally as a teacher, as a talent scout for the European School of Ballet, as a juror for competitions and also as a personal trainer.
Meng specializes in single classes and also prepares students for auditions. His students have been accepted in following schools (including many of them on scholarship): European School of Ballet Amsterdam, Vaganova School St. Petersburg, Bolshoi Academy Moscow, Hungarian State Ballet School Budapest, Kirov Academy Washington, Koninklijke Balletschool Antwerpen (Royal Balletschool Antwerpen), Netherlands Dance Theatre Summer Course, Escuela Victor Ullate Madrid, Ellison Ballet New York, Alvin Ailey New York, Alonzo King‘s Lines San Francisco.
Martin Meng’s school is now affiliated to the European School of Ballet for which he is a Talent Scout since 2019.