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Chinese composer Wu Zuqiang was born in Beijing on 24 July 1927. He studied theoretical composition with Jiang Dingxian at what is now the Central Conservatory of Music and then in the Department of Theoretical Composition at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music.
Returning to China, he taught composition at the Central Conservatory of Music, eventually becoming vice president and then dean. He also held positions with various other organisations, such as the China Musicians Association and the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.
His music was influenced by Chinese folk music and the classical music traditions of Russia and Western Europe. He worked collaboratively with other musicians on projects such as a pipa concerto and ballet scores.
Wu Zuqiang died in Beijing on 14 March 2022, aged ninety-four.