Xiaogang Ye is the compositional voice of his native country, China. He explores sounds, nature, and the spirituality of his homeland in works that have received acclaim across the world. He has also left his mark on the music scene in modern China and its exchange with other cultures as the founder and artistic director of the festival Beijing Modern and his committed work for the Chinese Music Couneil. Since his studies in America, the composer has developed a particularly close relationship with musical life in the USA. One of the core aspects of his artistic activities is the harmonization of these two musical worlds and the emphasis of their common values. On September 23rd he celebrates his 65th birthday.