"China's First Avant-Garde Composer and One of the Most Original Composers of His Generation"



  “Shanghai Reminiscenes”

An Orchestral Album by Ge Gan-ru

      Naxos 8.570609,  2015

Shanghai Reminiscences (for orchestra)
Butterfly Overture (for orchestra)

Tsung Yeh, Conductor
Royel Scottish National Orchestra


“Fairy Lady Meng Jiang”

An Orchestral Album by Ge Gan-ru

BIS 1779, 2013

Fairy Lady Meng Jiang for Flute and Orchestra
Lovers Besieged – An Orchestral Suite

Sharon Bezaly, flute
Enrique Diemecke, conductor

Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon


“Fall of Baghdad”

A String Quartet Album by Ge Gan-ru

Naxos 8.570603,  2009

String Quartet No. 1: Fu-Prose Poem
String Quartet No. 4: Angel Suite
String Quartet No. 5: Fall of Baghdad

Played by ModernWorks





“Lost Style”

A Chamber Music Album by Ge Gan-ru

New Albion NA-134,  2006

Four Studies of Peking Opera
(quintet for piano & string quartet),
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! (for voice self-
accompanied by a toy ensemble),
Yi Feng – Lost Style (for solo cello)

Played by Shanghai Quartet, Kathryn Woodard,
Margaret Leng Tan, Frank Su Huang

“Chinese Rhapsody”

An Orchestral Album by Ge Gan-ru

BIS 1509,  2005

Chinese Rhapsody (for orchestra)
“Wu” – Rising to Heights (for Piano & Orchestra)
Six Pentatonic Tunes (for orchestra)

Jose Serebrier, conductor
Margaret Leng Tan, piano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

“Ge Gan-ru is China’s first avant-garde composer”.  – The New Grove Dictionary      

 “(Ge Gan-ru) is fully in control of his craft. His Chinese Rhapsody is an orchestrational tour de force worthy of Stravinsky or Villa-Lobos at their most dazzling”.   – The Gramophone
“The way he (Ge Gan-ru) used the unorthodox techniques of Western experimental music to evoke the ritualistic sounds and gestures of ancient Chinese musical idioms seemed unprecedented.”  – The New York Times
“(Wu – Rising to Heights is) one of the most sheerly beautiful 20th century works … for utter aural beauty – for no other word will do – Wu stands for itself.”  – South China Morning Post, Hong Kong       
“(Ge Gan-ru) is a rare and brilliant talent, one whose work should find a place in most collections.”  – CD HotList 
“Fall of Baghdad is one of the best recordings Naxos has made of anything.”  – Allmusic.com
“His (Ge Gan-ru’s) music is intriguing, skillful set down and grateful to the ears.”  – San Francisco Chronicle
“Ge Gan-ru writes in an immediately identifiable, intriguingly personal style ,,, exciting and ravishing… beautiful ,,, vigorous … ferocious, witty …”  – ClassicsToday.com
“(Ge Gan-ru) is an absolute master, clearly a composer of international standing.”  – International Record Review
“If you are serious about creative encounters, observe Ge Gan-ru.”  – The Independent, London