Zhu Jian Er

Chinese composer Zhu Jian Er was born in Tianjin on 18 October 1922 into a family of flour millers, and grew up in Shanghai.

He began to compose in 1940 and studied composition at the Moscow Conservatory. Later he was a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory.

His music, written for both Western and Chinese instruments, has been heard around the world. His 1950 revolutionary work Days of Emancipation is well-known in the West due to a recording, and his Silk Road Reverie was commissioned in 2000 by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project.

Zhu Jian Er died in Shanghai on 15 August 2017, aged ninety-four.


A selection of articles about Zhu Jian Er

Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney - A spot of circumnavigation on a Sunday afternoon