Peng-Peng Gong’s grand Fifth Symphony received its world premiere on 12/13/2015 with the Shanghai Philharmonic, Liang Zhang conducting. Exploring the tragic, violent and ugly nature of war through World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War, this large work combines virtually every genre of classical music- symphony, sonata, concerto, aria, art song, grand cantata, and chamber music. Soloists for the premiere included Xiao Liu on violin, Chu Yi-bing on cello, the composer himself playing piano, soprano Lei Xu, and tenor Jingma Fan. The Violin Sonata and Violin Concerto sections of the symphony will be available from Lauren Keiser Music Publishing this Spring; email us for details.
Peng-Peng Gong’s Symphony No. 5 will be premiered by the Shanghai Philharmonic and the Shanghai Opera Chorus on 12/13/15. Maestro Liang Zhang will conduct with soprano Lei Xu, tenor Jingma Fan, violinist Xiao Liu, cellist Chu Yi-Bing, and the composer himself at the piano. The Fifth Symphony was commissioned by the Shanghai Philharmonic in 2014 in honor of the 70th Anniversary to the End of World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War, composed in a most unusual form known as “The Classical Genre Expo” – a merge of virtually every form of classical music. The combo of these different forms and instrumentations are meant to artistically portray the astronomically traumatic impact the wars have caused on people of different races, different fields, different territories, different cultures, and different social classes.
Peng-Peng Gong has also announced three new smaller works: Three Preludes, Children’s Bagatelles, and Jasmine Variations for boys’ choir. For more information on these and other works by Mr. Gong, write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.
His Third Piano Concerto: Zhonghua Chronicles will receive two consecutive performances in Nice, France on April 22 and 23rd of 2016, with the Nice Philharmonic and Philippe Auguin conducting, featuring the composer as soloist.
To view Peng-Peng Gong’s current publications, visit Hal Leonard.
In 2015 Peng-Peng Gong will complete his Fifth Symphony, commissioned by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War. The work, which is expected to run 100 minutes when complete, will be a grand musical testimony that gathers instrumental and vocal virtuosos, the symphony orchestra and the mixed chorus in an “expo” of classical music genres that unifies the orchestral, the solo, the chamber, the concerti, the art song, the aria, and the cantata. The text will include poems by Chinese generals of the War, interspersed with other ancient and modern texts.
Symphony No. 4 (“Rejuvenation”) by Peng-Peng Gong premiered with the Shanghai Philharmonic Oct. 24, 2014. The Chinese National Government commissioned the symphony for the 65th anniversary of modern China. Based on the theme, “The Chinese Dream”, it is the largest classical symphony in Chinese symphonic history to date due to its gigantic emotional scale and epic scope. Divided into two parts and fifteen movements, the work is scored for a 105-piece orchestra with a total duration of 90 minutes. Each movement is an individual portrayal of a certain natural and spiritual element, through which the composer expresses his own interpretation of the Dream. The title “Rejuvenation” has a double meaning of both an ethnic rejuvenation and a revival of classical music tradition as a group of aesthetic principals, he writes, “equally shared by the world and not limited to the West, and that their artistic appeal is eternally modern.”
China’s Government has also commissioned Gong’s to-be Fifth Symphony for performance in 2015 celebrating the 70th year end of World War II.
Within days of his May graduation from Juilliard, Composer/ Pianist Peng-Peng Gong was on a plane to China to begin his extended artist residency with the Shanghai Philharmonic. It appears one of the first projects Gong will undertake there is the composition of a symphony which, when complete, will be the longest work in Chinese symphonic history. The Chinese Dream (current working title) is expected to weigh in at 80 minutes and a whopping 15 movements long. The work will be premiered at the last week of October at the Shanghai Oriental Center for the Performing Arts.
Reverie for cello and piano will become the basis of the new symphony’s opening movement. The work was composed for cellist and fellow Juiliard alum Eru
Matsumato and will soon be available in our catalog. For more information on composer Peng-Peng Gong or his music, please contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.
During the residency, Gong will support the artistic programs of the orchestra by performing as a piano soloist while performances of his compositions will be introduced to myriad Classical audiences throughout China. He is also scheduled for a two year concert recital tour of mainland
China performing his works. For more information about Peng-Peng Gong’s music contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.
The Shanghai Philharmonic has announced that Peng-Peng Gong will be their new Composer-in-Residence for the 2014-2016 seasons. The orchestra celebrated Gong’s music this May with a full evening concert of his music, including his Symphony #3, and the Third Piano Concerto with Peng-Peng as soloist. This coming season the Philharmonic will premiere his Symphony #4 and Violin Concerto #1. Below are some videos of his performance.
Shanghai Philharmonic is one of the most famous organizations of musical performance in China. It was established in 1952, known as the East China Music Troupe. In the past 40 years, Shanghai Philharmonic has performed over 3,000 concerts, including special concerts for individual composers and musicians, and collaborated with vocalists from all over the world. Apart from giving concerts, Shanghai Philharmonic often makes recordings for radio stations, TV stations, film studios, record factories and audio & video companies.
Peng-Peng Gong is a performance pianist and composer. He began piano lessons at the age of five and gave his first public recital in Nanjing at the age of eight. In 2002 he made his concerto debut with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top and performed in American Red Cross benefits at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He studies composition at Juilliard with Sam Adler and piano performance with Yoheved Kaplinsky. He is the only undergraduate composition student in the history of Juilliard to have his complete and published scores in their library while he attends the school. Mr. Gong’s work is published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing and he is represented as a concert pianist by Opus 3 Artists. For perusal materials or performance inquiries, write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing