Famous Composers from China

List of notable or famous composers from China, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in China and even some popular composers who immigrated to China. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Chinese composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from China is included when available.

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This historic composers from China list can help answer the questions "Who are some Chinese composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from China?" These prominent composers of China may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Chinese composers.

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  • Benjamin Lees (January 8, 1924 – May 31, 2010) was an American composer of classical music.
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
    • Birthplace: Harbin, China
  • Bun-Ching Lam

    Lam Bun-Ching (Chinese: 林品晶; Jyutping: Lam4 Ban2 Jing1; b. Macau, 1954) is a composer, pianist, and conductor.Lam holds a B.A. degree in piano performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1976). She obtained a scholarship from the University of California at San Diego, where she studied composition with Bernard Rands, Robert Erickson, Roger Reynolds, and Pauline Oliveros, earning a Ph.D. in 1981. In 1981, she was invited to join the music faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she taught until 1986. She has also served as the Jean MacDuff Vaux Composer-in-Residence at Mills College in Oakland, California, and in 1997 she served as a visiting professor of composition at Yale University and at Bennington College in Vermont. Her music has been recorded on the CRI, Tzadik, Nimbus, Koch International Classics, Sound Aspect, and Tellus labels. Lam divides her time between Paris and New York.
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Macau, China
  • Chet Lam is a Hong Kong-based independent "city-folk" singer-songwriter. He is the elder brother of singer Eman Lam.
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
  • Danny Chan
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    Danny Chan Pak-keung (7 September 1958 – 25 October 1993) was a Hong Kong singer. He was of the first generation of pop idols in Hong Kong. In addition to singing, he showed his talent for writing music in some of his songs, such as "Tears Dropping For You" (眼淚為你流) (1979), "Ripples" (漣漪) (1982), "Just Loving You" (偏偏喜歡你) (1983) and "Wait" (等) (1985). He is mostly remembered for his Cantopop romance ballads and high quality compositions. Chan died in 1993 after being in a coma for 17 months.
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1958-1993)
    • Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
  • Gillian Chung Yan-tung (born Chung Dik-san on 21 January 1981) is a Hong Kong singer and actress. She is a member of the Cantopop duo Twins, along with Charlene Choi.
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
  • Joseph Koo
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    Joseph Koo Kar-Fai, GBS (born 3 February 1933 in Guangzhou, China), is one of the most respected composers in Hong Kong. He used the pen name Moran (莫然) for Mandarin songs early in his career. He has two siblings: an older sister, the famous Chinese singer/painter Koo Mei (顧媚) and a younger brother, Koo Kar-Tseung (顧嘉鏘).
    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Guangzhou, China