Peng Peng Gong
Peng Peng Gong made his Lincoln Center debut performing in Alice Tully Hall with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin and a made his European debut at Musée du Louvre. Peng Peng Gong was also on the Spring 2006 national TV broadcast of PBS' Live from Lincoln Center as part of Juilliard's Celebrating 100 Years Gala in which he performed the opening movement of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with conductor/composer John Williams. In February 2007, he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the San Francisco Symphony for their Chinese New Year celebration concert, and again joined the symphony twice in 2008 with pianist/composer Conrad Tao. In the 2007 Peng Peng appeared as guest soloist at the 2007 American Symphony Orchestra League Conference with the conference sponsoring orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Mr. Slatkin. In September 2007 he again joined Mr. Slatkin for the National Symphony's opening season gala. This season he will give recitals in Florida, Missouri, and San Jose, and perform in Beijing with the China National Symphony.
Peng Peng Gong has won numerous competitions including the Junior Category of the 2005 New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra's competition and the Juilliard School's 2003-04 and 2005-06 Pre-College Mozart Piano Concerto Competitions. Over the past two seasons he has appeared with the Big Spring Symphony, Philharmonic of New Jersey, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Norwalk Symphony, Nashua Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Nashville Symphony, U.S. National Symphony, Dominican Republic National Symphony, RTV Slovenia Symphony, Brazilian National Symphony, and California Symphony. He has also given recitals throughout the United States and China. An avid composer, Peng Peng studies composition at Juilliard with Andrew Thomas. He has written numerous works for piano, chamber ensembles and orchestras. In 2006, Peng Peng won an ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship, for his piano work Immortal Struggle. His work, Exit, Stage Left! Scherzo for Orchestra won the 2004-05 Juilliard Pre-College Division Composition Competition. Peng Peng Gong currently studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard.