Xinghai Xian(1905-1945), Chinese composer, studied at the Lingnan University, National Music Institute of Peking University, and Shanghai National Music Conservatory. In 1929 he went to Paris and studied at the Paris Conservatory with Vincent D'Indy and Paul Dukas. In 1938 he became dean of the Music Department at Lu Xun Institute of Arts in Yun'an. His best known work is "Yellow River Cantata" upon which the Yellow River Piano Concerto is based. He composed 2 symphonies, a violin concerto and choral works.