In a First, Composer Rongxin Peng Premieres New Works at Carnegie Hall


On Friday, December 2, “Young Promise” competition winner and piano/composition master’s degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music Rongxin Peng premieres three new works in a program entitled Hidden Melody at the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

With a reworked version of his first piano concerto, a violin concerto, and a vocal suite, Peng joins an illustrious list of composers including Dvořák, Gershin, and Schoenberg who have debuted their own compositions at the storied concert hall and is the first Asian composer to do so.

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Compositions by this emerging composer from Shanghai evoke the energy and tone of late Romantic and early 20th century composers like Bartok, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky; yet, his pieces are personal and at times have been inspired by Chinese calligraphy and painting and Bring in the Wine, a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai.

The three works will be performed by award-winning soloists violinist Xiao Wang, pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, and soprano Ziyi Dai with conductor Kyle Ritenauer leading the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra.


Violin Concerto No. 1 – Escape
Soloist: Xiao Wang, violin

Piano Concerto No. 1 – Fight Fire
Soloist: Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Symphony Songs – There
Soloist: Ziyi Dai, soprano

Friday, December 2, 8 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall