Xiaogang Ye is widely regarded as the leading and most influential composer living in China today. Born into a musical family, Ye studied piano from his father beginning at age four and continued to study music until his studies were interupted shortly after High School by the Cultural Revolution, during which time he was transferred to work in the countryside.
After finishing his six years of benchwork in a factory, he was enrolled into the Central Conservatory of Music where he studied music composition with Professor De Mingxin. Ye received a full scholarship from the Eastman School in the United States in 1987 where he furthered his composition studies with Dr. Samuel Adler, Dr. Joseph Schwanter and Louis Andriessen.
He has won numberous award including Grand Prize in the Orchestral Composition Competition of the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, First Prize in the Alexander Tcherepnin Composition Compeition in the U.S., the Howard Hanson Prize from the Eastman School of Music, Best Movie Music Award of Shanghai and the National Golden Bell Award for Symphony and Chamber Music.
Currently Mr. Ye is Composer in Residence of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Musician's Association and a Member of the China National Congress.
Musical America declared Xiaogang Ye as one of the "Chinese Bachs" and American composer John Corigliano has said that "his music is deeply felt and highly crafted, so beautiful and yet always intellectually stimulating, completely magical - so amazing." An aesthetic wanderer between the musical cultures of the East and the West, Ye's works are often based on elements and aspects from the traditional music of China: popular melodies, motifs from Beijing opera and the striking scales of Chinese art music and Chinese instruments.
His music is published by Schott Musik International, GmbH in Germany.