Mr. HE Xuntian
Commissioned Composer of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th Competitions
"Scent Dance Ⅰ", "Scent Dance Ⅱ", "Scent Dance Ⅲ"
Distinguished composer, Creator of a new musical language, professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 1981, he established the Three Periods Theory and the Theory of Musical Dimensions; In 1982, he developed the RD (renyilv duiyingfa) Method of Musical Composition, the first compositional method of contemporary China; In 1995, Sister Drum was launched, making him the first Chinese composer to have his record released worldwide. This album, together with a number of others including Voices from the Sky, was released in more than 80 countries with a total sales volume of several million copies; In 1996, he established the SS (stream of structure) Method of Musical Composition; In1997, he put forward the Theory of Interspace; In 2003, he composed Images in Sound, which was humanity’s first gift of primordial music to all species of the natural world; In 2008, he produced Ehe Chant, the first work of Preconsciousness Music in human history.
He has received 15 international composition awards, including the Outstanding Musical Achievement Award of the International New Music Composer Competition USA 1989-1990; 13 national composition awards, including the First Prize at the Third All-China Music Competition; and a number of international and national honorary awards, including the 4th Mercedes-AMG National Spirit Achievers Award.
His works have been published globally by a number of international publishing companies, including Warner Music Group and Schott Music; and premiered and performed worldwide by many leading orchestras and ensembles, including The BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Israel Symphony Orchestra; Thousands of national and international news media and academic journals, including the New York Times, the Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Times, BBC, ABC, CNN, NHK etc., have reviewed He’s works, composition techniques and ideas. His theories and works are believed to be “epoch-making” and “You can hardly trace the origin of He’s music in any Western music literature.” As “the most distinctive Chinese composer”, “He Xuntian’s music marks the emergence of China’s own school of music” and according to the New York Times, he “fulfilled the Chinese people’s dream to introduce their music to the world.” His brief biography appears in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.