Ke Xu

Friday, February 21st, 2014 - 2:00 am

Photo Credit: Yixiang Hou

Photo Credit: Yixiang Hou

Composer Ke Xu was born in 1986 in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. His music was hailed in 2008 by the Music Channel of China’s Central Television as “creative and gorgeous”. The Shanghai Daily News also stated, “His musical ability and understanding is well beyond his age, his music is filled with a strong unique personality and exquisite style”. His music has been commissioned and performed by many ensembles in China and has also earned awards, such as the first prize of 1st. I Creation/ Mivos Composition Prize for Chinese Composer 2013; the first prize of The Young Composer Project of 2012 Beijing International Modern Music Festival; second prize in the 2010 China National Composition Competition of Solo Cello Works; third prize in The Third Liu Tianhua TMSK International Chinese Composer Awards for Chinese Traditional Instruments; News&Media Awards of the 2009 Liu Tianhua TMSK International Chinese Composer Awards (this award only grants for one winner a year); and Distinguished Achievement at Shanghai International Contemporary Music Week. His compositions have been selected to perform at the 2012 Beijing International Modern Music Festival and also at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival in two consecutive years (2010&2011). His composition “Withered Rose” has been programmed by Chinese chamber groups eleven times in only three months. Some of his compositions have already been published by Shanghai Music Publishing House and Central Conservatory of Music Publishing House in China.