Peng Liyuan

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Peng Liyuan (Chinese: 彭丽媛; pinyin: Péng Lìyuán; born 20 November 1962) is a Chinese soprano and contemporary folk singer and the spouse of Xi Jinping, current General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People's Republic of China.

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Peng Liyuan
Spouse of the Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China
Assumed role
15 November 2012
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byLiu Yongqing
Spouse of the President of the People's Republic of China
Assumed role
14 March 2013
PresidentXi Jinping
Preceded byLiu Yongqing
President of the People's Liberation Army Academy of Art
In office
May 2012  July 2017
Preceded byZhang Jigang
Succeeded byZhang Qichao
Member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
(9th, 10th, 11th)
In office
February 1998  March 2013
ChairmanLi Ruihuan
Jia Qinglin
Personal details
Born (1962-11-20) 20 November 1962 (age 61)
Yuncheng County, Shandong, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
(m. 1987)
ChildrenXi Mingze
Alma materChina Conservatory of Music
OccupationSinger, Professor of vocal music
ProfessionSoprano and (first holder of a master's degree in) "Chinese ethnic vocal music" (中国民族声乐)
Military service
Branch/servicePeople's Liberation Army
Years of service1980–2017
RankMajor General
CommandsPeople's Liberation Army Academy of Art

Peng gained popularity as a singer from her regular appearances on the annual CCTV New Year's Gala, a widely viewed Chinese television program that airs during the Chinese New Year.[1] She won honors in singing competitions nationwide.[1] Her most famous singles include《父老乡亲》("People from Our Village"),《珠穆朗玛》("Zhumulangma"), and《在希望的田野上》("In the Field of Hope"). Peng also sang the theme songs of several popular TV series, such as The Water Margin (1998). She also starred in musical productions. In 1986, she received the Plum Blossom Award, China's highest theatrical award, for her lead role in The White Haired Girl.[2] She was the president of then People's Liberation Army Academy of Art between 2012 and 2017, and vice president of the All-China Youth Federation between 2005 and 2010.[3] Peng was a civilian member of the People's Liberation Army and held the civilian rank equivalent to Major General before she was appointed the Art Academy's dean, upon which she was given the formal rank.[1]

She is known within China for her fashion sense, credited to her personal couturier Ma Ke.[4][5][6][7] In 2014, Peng was listed as the 57th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes.[8]

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