A composer born in 1963 in Nankin (China).
After her studies at the Shanghai Conservatory, Xu Yi obtained in Paris the advanced composition diploma at the École Normale de Musique (1989), followed the composition and computer music course at Ircam (1990-91) and completed his training with Gérard Grisey and Ivo Malec at the Paris Conservatory. The first Chinese composer at the Villa Medici (1996-98), she currently lives in Peking and teaches at the Shanghai Conservatory. Her music skilfully blends east and west, new technologies (amplified instruments, spatialisation) and traditional folk instruments, poetic expressivity and linguistic formalism. Her works are played in China, the United States, Japan and Europe. They include Tui (1991, premiered at Ircam), Le roi des arbres (1993, first performed at Musica), Le plein du vide (1997, premiered at Lyons at the festival Musiques en Scène), Da Gui (1999, in memory of Gérard Grisey), Da Xu (2004, premiered at Radio France), Qing (2009).