The Olga Kern International Piano Competition is honored to have Xiaogang Ye compose music for the 2019 Piano Competition.


Xiaogang Ye

Regarded as one of China’s leading and most influential contemporary composers, Musical America considered Xiaogang Ye to be the “Chinese Bach,” and reviewed that his music displays boldly defined musical personalities, vividly expressed: “It is [hoped] that the daunting political and geographic obstacles separating this composer from the world musical community will not prevent him from achieving the international reputation he deserves.” In addition, the American composer John Corigliano acclaimed that, “his music is deeply felt and highly crafted, so beautiful and yet always intellectually stimulating, completely magical – so amazing.”

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