龚天鹏    Peng-Peng Gong


作曲家、钢琴家。2014年毕业于美国茱莉亚音乐学院作曲系,现任上海爱乐乐团驻团作曲家。1992年7月生于江苏南京,自幼便显出极高的音乐天赋。1岁便可音准无误的哼出听过的歌曲、两岁即能听辨任何绝对音高及和弦。5岁开始正式学琴,师从钢琴教育家叶惠芳教授。6岁获得全省少儿钢琴大赛特等奖。8岁以第一名的成绩考入上海音乐学院附小,先后师从王健中与巢志珏教授。9岁在厦门鼓浪屿全国钢琴大赛荣获第一名,并随后飞往美国茱莉亚音乐学院预科部面试,被当场录取,茱莉亚钢琴系主任卡普林斯基教授收为得意门生,并与预科部校长托马斯教授学习作曲。13岁则在茱莉亚百年校庆的全美直播音乐会上担任全场压轴,与小提琴大师帕尔曼、歌剧天后弗莱明、奥斯卡影帝凯文.克莱恩以及好莱坞音乐巨匠约翰.威廉姆斯同台,并于同年完成他的第一钢琴协奏曲。14岁被全球王牌经纪公司之一ICM(今Opus 3)签约,开始了国际巡演。他收到过欧美众多著名乐团的合作邀请,其中包括英国皇家爱乐乐团、美国国家交响乐团、旧金山交响乐团、布达佩斯节日乐团、底特律交响乐团、阿斯本节日乐团及众多其他乐团,并多次在美国、内地、欧洲成功举办个人钢琴独奏音乐会。2007年与著名指挥大师斯拉特金录制了李斯特第一钢琴协奏曲,由NAXOS全球发行。


15岁时,为了纪念2008年汶川大地震遇难者,他创作了的第一部交响合唱巨作《悲情天台山》,即第一交响曲,且从此之后正式跨入作曲届,连续七年获得美国作曲家协会青年作曲奖。16岁便以最小的年龄签约了美国现代音乐出版社LK,至今为止已出版了15部大型作品,其中包括四部交响曲、两部钢琴协奏曲、三部室内乐作品、钢琴独奏作品、交响序曲《恸诗》、交响诗《时针生涯》等。2010年正式入茱莉亚作曲系深造,师从著名作曲家、博士生导师萨穆尔.阿德勒教授。自2012年起,由于出版社的影响力,他的作品已经被美国众多音乐学院图书馆收藏,使他成为学校历史上唯一在学生时代便享此殊荣的作曲家。

2012年,他的第三钢琴协奏曲《中华史记》获中共文化部第16届全国交响乐比赛大型作品优秀奖。2013年受中国国家交响乐团之邀以钢琴独奏家的身份与乐团在美国进行了大规模的巡演,并同年与上海爱乐乐团合作推出了他的首场交响乐作品音乐会。2014年签约上海爱乐乐团驻团作曲家,并且接受乐团委约创作了中国交响乐史上最大规模的器乐交响曲《复兴》,为反法西斯70周年所创作的100分钟时长、200人阵容的交响大合唱巨作《第五交响曲》。

他被美国《华盛顿邮报》誉为“一个有着超凡信心、充满温暖与真诚、能够呼风唤雨的年轻艺术家”。茱莉亚学院主席约瑟夫.波利希博士称其为“少数中的少数”;美国音乐出版社主席劳伦.凯瑟称其为“将重演贝多芬与莫扎特神话的音乐良驹”;钢琴系主任卡普林斯基曾预言“他有可能成为21世纪最重要的音乐家之一”;作曲系主任罗伯特.比瑟教授曾在推荐信中写道:“我无法相信这样一个演奏与作曲同时如此卓越的艺术家竟然才是本科二年级的学生,他是我平生见过才气最卓越的音乐家。同时,他幽默、善良、对艺术、家人、朋友可以奋不顾身,最令人感动的是他对艺术的狂爱和疯狂的专注。” 著名美籍华人作曲家盛宗亮教授曾感叹:“他十几岁的成就是很多同行一辈子都无法抗衡的。”阿德勒在现场聆听过他改编的钢琴版交响乐之后惊叹道:“李斯特与拉赫玛尼诺夫也不过如此了!”而在音乐届,他则被直接誉为“东方莫扎特”。

作为学者,他以钻研后浪漫主义乐派的为主,并对其代表人物马勒、理查施特劳斯、拉赫玛尼诺夫、普契尼 等19世纪末音乐巨匠的音乐有过极深的研究。2009年,年仅17岁的他便在北京国家大剧院举办了马勒交响曲专题讲座。


2015年10月,他受邀为根据刘震云著名小说《一句顶一万句》并由作者亲自改编的同名电影担任影片的全部音乐创作;2016年4月,他的第三钢琴协奏曲《中华史记》由他与法国尼斯爱乐乐团举办该作品的欧洲首演。



Born in 1992, Chinese composer and pianist Peng-Peng Gong (龚天鹏) 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 eight, he was accepted to the Shanghai Music Conservatory’s affiliated Primary School, where he immediately won the Xiamen Gulangyu National Piano Competition in 2012. He auditioned for Juilliard’s Pre-College at age 9 and was accepted on the spot by Juilliard’s piano chairperson Yoheved Kaplinsky.
             
He was shortly engaged to conclude Juilliard’s Centennial Gala performing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Concerto with John Williams, alongside notable Juilliard alumni, including Renée 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 Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony at age fourteen, which was released internationally by Naxos. Orchestral engagements includes the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharonic, the U. S. National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, among numerous others. 

At 15, he abandoned the early piano career after producing his first major work, the First Symphony, dedicated to the families of over 10,0000 victims killed by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. 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. Up to date, he has published fifteen works including four symphonies, two piano concertos, orchestral overtures, chamber music, and solo piano music, all of them distributed to Hal Leonard Cooperation and has been purchased by the Juilliard Library and other major conservatories and orchestras, becoming the first known composer to do so while still a student. 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 Composer-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. Gong has studied with pianist Yoheved Kaplinsky, composer Andrew Thomas, and composer Samuel Adler. He graduated from the Juilliard School in May 2014. As of 2014, he accepted the SPO’s commission to produce his Symphony No. 4 (“Rejuvenation”), the largest instrumental symphony in Chinese history, which was premiered in October 2014. His World War II-Themed Fifth symphonies combines seven different genres and was premiered in December 2015.

The Washington Post referred to him as “an artist with the confidence of a weathered veteran and a welcome unbridled quality to his music”, and Juilliard President Joseph Polisi once called him “a rarity among rarities”. President Lauren Keiser of U.S. Music Publishers Association wrote that Gong is “a musical seed that may grow to repeat the legends of Mozart and Beethoven”, Juilliard Piano Chairperson Yoheved Kaplinsky predicted that he “pocess the ability to become one of the most important musicians of the century”, and Composition Chairperson Robert Beaser wrote in a recommendation letter that “I have never seen someone who behold equal virtuosity as both a performer and a composer, especially for somebody this young. In addition, his kindness, devotion, and a deepest love for the arts is what touches me even more.” Composer Bright Sheng once remarked that “even before his 20s he has accomplished what most of us cannot achieve in a lifetime.”; and Samuel Adler upon hearing his orchestral transcriptions on the piano simply recalled that “Liszt and Rachmaninoff couldn’t have done better.” Within Chinese-speaking communities, he is regularly referred to as “The Eastern Mozart” by numerous major press and medias. 

In fall 2015 he was hired to score the drama film, One Sentence Worth Ten Thousand, based on renowned novelist Liu Zhenyun’s novel of the same name with a screenplay by the author. His third piano concerto, Zhonghua Chronicles, received its European premiere in April 2016 by the Nice Philharmonique with himself at the piano.