Creator of a new musical language,
Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 1981, he established Three Periods Theory and Theory of Musical Dimension. In 1982, he developed RD Composition (Renyilv & Duiyingfa Composition), the first compositional method of contemporary China. In 1986, he created Sounds of Nature, which was a landmark work. In 1993, he established the Five Nons (Non-Western, non-Eastern, non-academic, non-folk, and non-non.) and SS Composition (Stream of Structure Composition). In 1995, Sister Drum was launched, making him the first Chinese composer to have his record released worldwide. This album, together with a number of others including Voices from the Sky, was released in more than 80 countries with a total sales volume of several million copies. In 1997, he established Theory of Interspace and Ehe Style. In 2003, he composed Images in Sound, which was humanity’s first gift of primordial music to all species of the natural world. In 2008, he produced Ehe Chant, the first work of Preconsciousness Music in human history.
He has received 15 international composition awards, including the Outstanding Musical Achievement Award of the International New Music Composer Competition USA 1989-1990. 13 national composition awards, including the First Prize at the Third All-China Music Competition, and a number of international and national honorary awards.
His works have been published globally by a number of international publishing companies, including Warner Music Group and Schott Music, and premiered and performed worldwide by many leading orchestras and ensembles, including BBC Philharmonic and The Israel Symphony Orchestra. Thousands of national and international news media and academic journals, including the New York Times, the Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Times, People's Daily, CCTV, BBC, ABC, CNN, NHK etc., have reviewed He’s works, composition techniques and ideas. His theories and works are believed to be “epoch-making” and “You can hardly trace the origin of He’s music in any Western music literature”, as “the most distinctive Chinese composer”, “Xuntian He’s music marks the emergence of China’s own school of music” and according to the New York Times, he “fulfilled the Chinese people’s dream to introduce their music to the world”. His brief biography appears in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.