Ma Sicong was a Chinese violinist and composer. He was referred to in China as "The King of Violinists." His Nostalgia for violin, composed in 1937 as part of the Inner Mongolia Suite, was considered one of the most favorite pieces of 20th century China. During his youth, Ma went to Paris to study music, and was then admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris, majoring in violin. In early 1932, Ma returned to China, and got married in the same year. In the following period he composed many renowned pieces such as Lullaby, Inner Mongolia suite, Tibet tone poem, and Madrigal. Ma was appointed president of the newly established Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing by the Central government Politburo of the People's Republic of China in December 1949. When the Cultural Revolution broke out in June 1966, Ma became a target of the Chinese government and its Red Guards. On the night of January 15, 1967, Ma and his family managed to escape to Hong Kong by boat. While in Hong Kong, Ma contacted Nancy Zi, daughter of Ma's eldest sister Ma Sijin. On behalf of Ma reuniting with his youngest brother Ma Sihon in New York City, New York, USA, Zi contacted the US Consulate in Hong Kong, leading to Ma's escape to the United States with escorts provided by the consulate itself.