Gao Weijie was born in Shanghai,1938. After graduating from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 1960, he taught there and then became the chairman of composition department. Since 1989,Gao has been teaching composition and music analysis at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Gao‘s compositions include symphonic music, chamber music, ballets, incidental music for plays and many songs.His compositions have won many awards, and been performed internationally. Gao is also a musical theorist.Many of his published articles have had a significant impact on musical thinking in China,and he formed the first Chinese contemporary music organisation, the “Exploratory Union for Musical Composition”. A lot of his articles and monographs (including Studying in Harmonic Dynamics, The Musical Form, On the Structure of Scale with a Catalogue of Its Classification and Guide to Great Works of 20th Century Music etc.) have been published and warmly received by readers.
Gao is an outstanding teacher. He has taught composition for 54 years and a lot of students of him have become famous composers.
His biography is included in the INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO IN MUSIC(17th Edition,International Biographical Centre Cambridge).