Born in Shanghai in1954, Ge Gan-ru
grew up at a time when Western music was not heard in public, and could only be studied in secret. As the political and cultural atmosphere in China changed, Ge became one of the first students to enrol at the re-opened Shanghai Conservatory. Moving to New York in 1983, he continued his studies, with the expressed aim 'to combine contemporary Western compositional techniques with my Chinese experience and Chinese musical characteristics'.
'Ge Gan-ru incorporates elements of traditional music and richly-scored late-Romanticism. Bezaly admirably meets the extraordinary demands of Meng Jiang.' **** --BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
'This will broaden your horizons and introduce you to Ge, a composer - well served by all the musicians and the technical team involved - who is at ease working with the avant-garde and with the sentimentally eloquent. I found the sound extremely impressive.' --MusicWeb International
'Diemecke doesn't spare the horses, as they say, when it comes to urging his players to indulge fully in Ge's multiplicity of effects, and these Spanish musicians come up with some truly amazing playing, all of which BIS has caught in a gloriously robust recording.' --International Record Review, May 2014