龚天鹏    Peng-Peng Gong


       龚天鹏,作曲家、钢琴家。1992年出生于江苏南京,祖籍上海。2014年毕业于美国茱莉亚音乐学院作曲系并至今担任上海爱乐乐团驻团作曲家。截至2018年他已完成了十部交响曲,其中第九交响曲《启航》的世界首演曾为第十九届中国上海国际艺术节开幕,而第十交响曲“京剧幻想”则由美国费城交响乐团联合委约并首演。


       早在1岁时便可音准无误地复唱歌曲旋律;2岁即可听辩任何绝对音高及和弦;5岁开始与叶慧芳教授学习钢琴;6岁获全省比赛特等奖;8岁考取上海音乐学院附小,师从王建中与巢志珏教授;9岁获全国钢琴比赛一等奖;同年被美国茱莉亚音乐学院预科部录取,师从钢琴家尤希维德·卡普林斯基与作曲家安德鲁·托马斯教授;13岁签约全球王牌经纪公司以职业演奏家身份全球巡演,足迹欧美一流音乐厅与交响乐团。15岁深受汶川大地震影响而转行作曲,并连续八年获美国作曲家协会青年作曲奖。本科入茱莉亚作曲系深造,师从作曲家萨缪尔·阿德勒教授。


       2014年毕业后至今担任上海爱乐乐团驻团作曲家,以其热情澎湃的民族情怀和正统大气的音乐风格为创作了数部中国交响乐史上篇幅最宏大的交响乐巨作,其中多以民族历史、传统文化、世界未来、青少年等题材为主题而不断探索中国人文思想与世界和平交融的可能性。2015年为刘震云的小说改编电影《一句顶一万句》配乐。至今为止,其出版的所有作品均被北美各大音乐学院图书馆收藏,包括他的母校茱莉亚。2018年,上海市总工会为其颁发了市五一劳动奖章。


     Born in 1992, Chinese composer and pianist Peng-Peng Gong (龚天鹏) has completed ten symphonies as of 2018 and is currently in his fourth season as Resident Composer for the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra after graduating from the Juilliard School in 2014. His ninth symphony inaugurated the 19th Shanghai International Arts Festival while his tenth was co-commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 


      He began his professional life in 2003 as a piano wunderkind while studying at The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division with pianist Yoheved Kaplinsky and composer Andrew Thomas after winning national competitions in China. As a pianist he was signed to the prestigious Opus 3 Artists and was offered numerous solo and orchestral engagements with major orchestras at prominent venues until the age of 15, when the emotional blow from China's 2008 Sichuan Great Earthquake made him abandon his early performing career and become a full-time composer. His first symphony, a requiem completed three months after the earthquake, was his first published work with Lauren Keiser Music Publishing with whom he currently has an exclusive publishing contract. He went on to study at Juilliard's composition department with Samuel Adler, won eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and has been appointed Composer-in-Residence for the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014, producing a full concert of complete new works for every season to popular and critical acclaim. All his published works has been acquired by libraries of major music conservatories, including his alma mater Juilliard.  


      Adopting a tonal and neo-romantic style from his longtime passion and expertise for the Late-Romantic legacy, his current oeuvre include 10 symphonies, an oratorio, three piano concerti, a viola concerto, chamber music, solo piano music and other orchestral pieces.  He made his film-scoring debut for renowned author Liu Zhenyun's novel-adopted drama film, Someone to Talk To (2015). In 2018, he was awarded a May First Labor's Medal from the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions as an official recognition of his contributions to the city's cultural life.