Peng-Peng Gong


Born in 1992, Chinese musician Peng-Peng Gong ????? showed remarkable talent in music from a very early age, playing tunes and cartoon music by ear at the age of two. He began formal piano studies with Professor Ye Hui-Fang (1930~2010) at age five and won the Jiangsu Province?s ?Piano Prodigy Prize? in his home province in a year at age six. Giving his first public solo recital at age eight, he was accepted to Shanghai Music Conservatory Primary School, where he immediately won the China National Youth Piano Competition in 2002. He auditioned for Juilliard?s Pre-College at age 9 and was accepted on the spot by Yoheved Kaplinsky. He was shortly engaged to conclude Juilliard?s Centennial Gala performing Rachmaninoff?s 2nd Concerto with John Williams, alongside notable Juilliard alumni Ren?e Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. Signed to the prestigious ICM Artists (now Opus 3) at age 14 in 2007, he have accepted numerous solo and concerto engagements with major venues and orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. He recorded and released Liszt?s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony, before releasing a solo album with Holland?s Channel Classics Records. His passion for composing encouraged him to turn what had only been a hobby into an equally important profession alongside his performing career. In 2009, the 16-year-old became the youngest composer to be signed by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing after winning six consecutive years of ASCAP Annual Awards for Young Composers. To date, he has published three symphonies, two piano concerti, a grand ballet in two acts, orchestral overtures, chamber music, and solo piano repertoire, all of them distributed by the Hal Leonard Corporation. His Piano Concerto No. 3 has been awarded a China State Prize for Excellent Orchestral Music and received its second performance by the Shanghai Philharmonic (for which he is currently Artist-in-Residence) in an entire program of Gong?s orchestral works with the composer as soloist. He toured as guest soloist in the U.S. with the China National Symphony in both standard virtuosic repertoire and his own works, ending the tour in March 2013. He received his Bachelor?s of Music Degree from Juilliard in 2014 and his instructors have included Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andrew Thomas, and Samuel Adler. He is the only undergraduate in the history of the Juilliard School to have all of his scores purchased and displayed in their library. As of 2014, he is Artist-in-Residence at the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.



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