Peng-Peng Gong, formerly known as his stage name Peng Peng, is a Chinese classical composer and pianist born on July 3, 1992. Described by The Washington Post as an artist "with the confidence of a weathered veteran and a welcome unbridled quality to his playing", he has established himself as one of the most gifted young artists of his generation.
He began officially studying piano performance at age five with renowned professor Huifang Ye, and won the Jiangsu Province Grand Prodigy Prize at age six in 1999. In April 2001, the eight-year-old earned a first-place audition result and was accepted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Primary School, studying under pianists Jianzhong Wang and Zhijue Chao. After the acceptance he won First Prize at the China’s National Youth Piano Competition at age 9, just right before he auditioned for Juilliard School’s Pre-college Division and was accepted by the jury within the same afternoon, describing the child as "the most remarkable young artist we’ve came across in ten years."
Since 2005, he concertized and toured intensely in the North America, South America, Europe, and China, appearing in over a hundred solo and orchestral engagements. He was invited twice, on personal request, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to perform for the United States Congress. Among the most prestigious engagements was his appearance as guest soloist to a National Live PBS Broadcast at The Juilliard School's 100 Years Centennial Gala where he concluded the grand finale playing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto in 2006 at age 13. He was among the youngest pianists to be officially signed to the artist roster of the renowned Opus 3 Artists (formerly ICM Artists) in 2007 at age 14. At 18, he has become an internationally active concert pianist and a six-time American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers National Award-winning composer in consecutive years since 2006.
As a composer, his First Symphony (2008) was nominated for the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and the same work won the 2010 IBLA Grand Prize of Italy. His orchestral and chamber works won him six ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in consecutive years since 2006, among them he earned the top prize of the Young Composer category. Within the last two years he has published four large-scale symphonies distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest sheet music corporation in the world. Thus far, he completed two one-hour symphonies, three large-scale piano concertos, six symphonic overtures, chamber music, art songs, and solo piano repertoire. His symphonic poem, Hourly Reminiscence, based on Kate Chopin's story of the same name, won the 2010 Juilliard Orchestral Prize and was premiered by himself and Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky conducting the Juilliard Orchestra at New York's Lincoln Center.