Xiaogang Ye is one of the leading contemporary Chinese composers. He is a pupil of Alexander Goehr. Ye’s music is mainly in the style of Romanticism.
In the summer of 2006, Ye took part in the inaugural “Composer Alive!” transpacific correspondence project with Accessible Contemporary Music in Chicago, Illinois. This project consisted of Ye composing a piece, Datura, and sending its fragments as they were completed to Chicago, electronically. They were subsequently read by ACM’s performance ensemble and posted to the Internet for Ye’s approval. The project culminated with Ye traveling to the United States for the completed work’s premiere performance.